Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh police Moday booked Samajwadi Party legislator, Sultan Beg, under the Gangster Act for allegedly running a truck-lifters’ gang, police said Monday.
Beg is the legislator from Kanwar assembly constituency in Bareilly district, some 200 km from Lucknow.
“An FIR was filed against Beg Jan 17 for running the truck-lifters’ gang. Since then, seven days have passed, but he has not surrendered. Therefore, we have booked him under the Gangster Act,” Bareilly Superintendent of Police (Rural) Vijay Gautam told reporters Monday .
“If he still fails to surrender by Tuesday, the police will start the proceedings required for attaching his property,” he added.
The Gangster Act imposes stringent conditions for bail.
In order to nab Beg, police are carrying out searches in VIP guesthouses and prominent hotels in parts of Uttar Pradesh.
Police Jan 17 seized four trucks from a Bareilly farmhouse, which Beg owns.
Six men were arrested. They alleged that the lawmaker and his son-in-law and brother were running the racket.
“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 an FIR was registered against them in the same case,” said Gautam.