The brother-in-law of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed has been detained by the Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police for harbouring and financially supporting Umesh Pal’s killers. Umesh Pal was a key witness in the murder case of Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Raju Pal.
A team from STF detained government doctor Akhlaq Ahmed on Saturday night in Meerut’s Nauchandi neighbourhood. He was taken to Prayagraj, according to SP (STF) Brijesh Singh.
The daylight shootout on February 24 also snuffed out the lives of Sandeep Nishad and Raghvendra Singh, two of Umesh Pal’s police security guards. All three were gunned down in front of Pal’s home in Prayagraj’s Dhoomanganj area.
A case was filed against Atiq Ahmed, his brother Ashraf, his wife Shaista Parveen, two sons, helpers Guddu Muslim and Ghulam, as well as nine other people at the Dhoomanganj police station based on a complaint made by Umesh Pal’s wife Jaya Pal.
According to sources, Akhlaq Ahmed, who was working at the Abdullapur Community Health Centre, gave Umesh Pal’s murderers not only a place to stay but also money when they arrived in Meerut following the crime.
Atiq Ahmed and two other people were found guilty on March 28 by an MP-MLA court in Prayagraj for kidnapping Umesh Pal in 2006. They were sentenced to life sentences in solitary confinement. The courts ruled Ashraf and six other suspects innocent. Even though Atiq Ahmed, a former Samajwadi Party MP, had more than 100 cases filed against him over the years, this is his first conviction.
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