After incarcerated gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were shot and killed in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday night, chief minister of the state Yogi Adityanath suspended 17 police officials and demanded a high-level investigation.
The Chief Minister also gave the staff the order to set up a three-person Judicial Inquiry Commission to look into the situation.
As media personnel followed the arrested couple as they were being transported to the hospital by police for a medical examination, the shooting that took place at around 10 o’clock in the evening was captured on camera.
Three persons have been detained in connection with the incident, which happened barely two days after Ahmed’s son was fatally shot during a police encounter in Jhansi, a senior police officer told news agency PTI.
Section 144 was implemented in UP.
The Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Section 144 has been implemented throughout Uttar Pradesh, and all police stations have been instructed to enhance patrols and remain on high alert. All police leaves have been cancelled. Also authorised for deployment are police from the reserve forces.
In connection with the 2005 Umesh Pal murder investigation, both of them had been transported to Pryagraj for a court hearing.
The untimely passing of Ahmed and his brother occurred on the same day that Asad, the ex-MP’s son who was murdered in a police encounter in Jhansi on April 13, was laid to rest in Prayagraj.
In connection with the Umesh Pal murder case, Ahmed and his brother were transported to Prayagraj for a court appearance and were subsequently detained in police prison.
On February 24, two police security guards and Umesh Pal, a crucial witness in the slaying of BSP MLA Raju Pal, were shot and killed outside his Dhoomanganj home.
On February 25, a case was filed against Ahmed, Ashraf, Ahmed’s wife Shaista Parveen, two sons, assistants Guddu Muslim and Ghulam, as well as nine other people, based on a complaint made by Umesh Pal’s wife Jaya Pal.