UP cabinet minister's kin arrested over rape charge

Ghaziabad: The kin of a Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister has been arrested for allegedly raping a Delhi-based woman in a moving car on January 23, a police official said Saturday.

"The victim in her complaint the next day had claimed that a woman named Laxmi Devi called her to Ghaziabad on pretext of providing her a job. When she reached at the old bus stand there in the evening, Laxmi asked her to sit in a car which was occupied by three or four persons," SHO of Sehani Gate Police Station Baljit Singh said Saturday.

Three of them allegedly raped her in the moving car before dumping her in a jungle at Muradnagar, he said.

Laxmi was arrested following the complaint and her interrogation led to the arrest of two more men Sunil Tyagi and Bobby Tyagi, the SHO said.

Sunil is the son of Mahender Tyagi, who is the brother-in-law of a UP cabinet minister, the SHO claimed, without disclosing the minister's name.

Sunil and Bobby were Saturday produced in a local court which sent them to 14 days' judicial custody.