The process to attach the property of Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator Sultan Beg, who has been absconding after being booked for allegedly running a truck-lifters' gang, has been initiated, police Tuesday said.
Beg is a legislator from Kanwar assembly constituency in Bareilly district, some 200 km from state capital Lucknow.
"Following the directives of the district court that Monday declared the MLA an absconder, we initiated the process for attachment of his movable and immovable property," Bareilly Superintendent of Police (Rural) Vijay Gautam told reporters.
"A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Beg. An FIR was filed against him Jan 17 for running the truck-lifters' gang," he said.
To nab Beg, police are carrying out searches in VIP guesthouses and prominent hotels in Uttar Pradesh, particularly Lucknow.
"We have been tipped off that the MLA is in Lucknow. So, one of our teams is permanently camping in Lucknow to nab him. As Beg's official residence is in Lucknow, we have also sought assistance from the Lucknow police to arrest him and two of his relatives who are also absconding after the registration of an FIR against them," said Gautam.
Police on Jan 17 seized four trucks from a Bareilly farmhouse, which Beg owns. During the raid, six men were arrested who alleged that the lawmaker and his son-in-law and brother were running the racket.