Uttar Pradesh Police are on the lookout for Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Ayodhya candidate Bazmi Siddiqui, who is reportedly absconding after being booked in a gang rape case on Saturday.
Siddiqui was booked on the day when non-bailable warrants were issued against UP minister Gayatri Prajapati, who, too, is absconding after a rape case was filed against him.
While six of Siddiqui’s aides have been sent to judicial custody till March 17 following their arrest, cops have been unable to nab Siddiqui and another accused. On Thursday, a woman in Faizabad had lodged a complaint stating that Siddiqui and seven other men entered her house forcibly on Thursday night, beat her family members and gang-raped her.
Before absconding, Siddiqui talked to some media persons in Lucknow and said, “My rivals are worried about the mass support the BSP has received in UP. They are using every kind of trick to defame the party and its leaders. I was not present in Faizabad on Thursday and have been in Lucknow since the polling.”
His aides, who are in custody, include Mohammad Parvez, Mohammad Chand, Gaffar, Parveen, Tabrez, and Abdul Rehman.
Anant Deo, senior superintendent of police, Faizabad, said, “A police team is conducting raids on the possible hideouts of Siddiqui. We are also looking for his aide Raish.”
Police have recorded the statement of the complainant after sending her for medical examination.
Arun Kumar Rai, the station house officer (SHO) of Kotwali police station in Faizabad, said, “Police teams are conducting raids in neighbouring districts as well. We have got some important leads and he (Siddiqui) will be arrested soon.”