Atiq Ahmed, the Uttar Pradesh gangster who confronted not less than 100 felony circumstances, and his brother Ashraf Ahmed have been shot useless on digicam whereas they have been being taken for a medical check-up in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj right now.
Atiq Ahmed’s son Asad was additionally killed in an encounter in UP’s Jhansi simply two days in the past.
Vijay Mishra, the lawyer of the murdered gangster, instructed NDTV that somebody from a crowd of individuals fired at Atiq Ahmed and his brother from shut vary. Mr Mishra mentioned he was standing beside them after they have been shot useless.
Three folks have been arrested, the police mentioned. The shooters got here disguised as reporters, the police mentioned.
Visuals of the incident present Atiq Ahmed and his brother strolling whereas speaking to reporters when somebody shoots the gangster on the top. The subsequent second his brother can also be shot useless. A number of photographs have been fired, eyewitnesses mentioned.
The police mentioned a constable and a journalist have been additionally injured.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a high-level probe into the taking pictures incident. The Chief Minister has additionally shaped a three-member judicial fee to analyze the incident. Massive gatherings have been banned in all districts of UP.
Atiq Ahmed was a Samajwadi Occasion MP and was convicted in a kidnapping case. He was additionally an accused within the homicide of Bahujan Samaj Occasion MLA Raju Pal in 2005 and the killing of Umesh Pal, the murdered MLA’s lawyer, in February this yr.
Atiq Ahmed was delivered to UP from a jail in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. He had alleged he could be killed in an encounter and requested the authorities to spare his household.
Opposition social gathering leaders condemned the murders even when the 2 males have been surrounded by a big police pressure, alleging the Yogi Adityanath authorities has failed to make sure the rule of regulation.
“Atiq and his brother have been killed whereas in police custody and have been handcuffed. Slogans of JSR have been additionally raised. Their homicide is an ideal instance of Yogi’s massive failure of regulation and order. These celebrating encounter-raj are equally accountable for this homicide,” AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted.
Samajwadi Occasion chief Akhilesh Yadav mentioned crime has reached its peak in UP and the morale of criminals is excessive. “When somebody might be killed by firing overtly amidst the safety cordon of the police, then what concerning the security of most people? On account of this, an environment of concern is being created among the many public; evidently some individuals are intentionally creating such an environment,” Mr Yadav tweeted in Hindi.
UP Minister Swatantra Dev Singh, nonetheless, tweeted a cryptic line – “Sin and advantage are accounted for on this start…”
पाप-पुण्य का हिसाब इसी जन्म में होता है…
— Swatantra Dev Singh (@swatantrabjp) April 15, 2023
Atiq Ahmad had been questioned by the UP Police some 3 km from the burial website of his son.