In association with the Umesh Pal murder investigation, Atiq Ahmed and his brother were presented in court this morning.
Asad and Ghulam, two men sought in connection with the murder of Umesh Pal, were killed in a shootout by the Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday in Jhansi. Atiq Ahmed was a gangster-turned-politician.
Atiq Ahmed’s son, Asad and his aide shot dead in encounter
“Asad and Ghulam had a reward of Rs. 5 lacks each and was wanted in connection with the murder of Umesh Pal in Prayagraj. They were killed in a confrontation with the UP Special Task Force team,” as stated by Prashant Kumar, Special Additional Director General (Law and Order).
“Deputy SP Navendu and Vimal served as the team captains for the UP STF. The accused was found to have sophisticated weapons made overseas,” he said.
Atiq Ahmed, a former member of parliament, and his brother appeared before a Prayagraj court earlier today under heavy security. Atiq Ahmed was transported by road from Sabarmati Jail in Gujarat to Prayagraj for his production, whereas his sibling Khalid Azim alias Ashraf was transported from a Bareilly jail.
According to a statement released by the UP CMO and obtained by news agency ANI, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath applauded the UP STF, DGP, and Special DG for maintaining law and order, and every member of the team behind the incident.
“CM Yogi Adityanath arranged a security and law enforcement conference in the aftermath of an event involving Asad and his assistant.” The entire team, the DGP, the Special DG for Law and Order, and the UP STF received praise from CM Yogi.
The encounter was disclosed to the chief minister by Sanjay Prasad, principal secretary for the home. On this entire subject, a report was presented to the CM,” it stated.
Shanti Devi, Umesh Pal’s mother, expressed her gratitude to Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, for “serving justice” shortly after the incident and pleaded with him to also provide for her family’s justice. “Ultimately, we truly have confidence in the CM,” the news agency ANI reported.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, the deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, tweeted, “Congratulations to UP STF, this was the destiny of the murderers of Mr. Umesh Pal Advocate and police personnel!”
A Prayagraj court found Atiq Ahmed and two other defendants guilty last month concerning the kidnapping of Umesh Pal in 2007. Atiq’s brother Ashraf was among the seven others who were found not guilty. Khan Shaukat Haneef, Dinesh Pasi, and Atiq were found guilty by the court.
On February 24 this year, two police security guards and Umesh Pal, a crucial witness in the 2005 murder trial of BSP MLA Raju Pal, were shot and killed outside his home in Prayagraj’s Dhoomanganj neighborhood.