Gangster Atiq Ahmed and two others have been sentenced to life imprisonment after a court docket in Prayagraj discovered them responsible within the 2006 Umesh Pal kidnapping case.
Seven others, together with Atiq Ahmed’s brother Khalid Azim alias Ashraf, have been acquitted within the case.
Ahmed, a former MP and MLA who faces no less than 100 legal circumstances together with homicide and kidnapping, was introduced from a Gujarat jail to Prayagraj following a 24-hour street journey by the Uttar Pradesh police on Monday.
Visuals from outdoors the court docket immediately confirmed an extended police cavalcade bringing the gangster-turned-politician in giant vans as crowds gathered on either side of the street
Ahmed’s conviction comes a month after the sensational homicide of Umesh Pal, a key witness within the 2005 homicide case of Bahujan Samaj Get together MLA Raju Pal.
Umesh Pal was shot lifeless whereas he was getting out of the backseat of a Hyundai Creta SUV in Prayagraj on February 24 this yr. Two police bodyguards accompanying him have been additionally killed within the shootout.
CCTV footage confirmed Umesh Pal and one in every of his two police bodyguards getting out of the SUV when all of a sudden a number of shooters got here from behind and fired at him. One other man might be seen utilizing crude bombs throughout the assault, which exploded in a cloud of smoke, resulting in panic and chaos on the street with individuals working to security. Many deserted their autos and ran towards retailers.
The UP police have claimed that Atiq Ahmed bought Umesh Pal killed because the latter had named him as the important thing accused within the 2005 homicide. In 2006, Umesh Pal had alleged that he was kidnapped at gunpoint when he refused to retract his assertion to the police.
The court docket verdict in Prayagraj immediately has come within the 2006 kidnapping case.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had lashed out at opposition chief Akhilesh Yadav within the state meeting a day after the February shootout in Prayagraj, even referencing his feud along with his father, following powerful questions over the general public killing of Umesh Pal.
“Is it not true that Atiq Ahmed who has been accused by the sufferer’s household, is a part of the mafia fostered by the Samajwadi Get together and we have now solely labored in the direction of breaking its again?” Yogi Adityanath, pointing a finger at Mr Yadav, mentioned.
“Speaker sir, he’s the godfather of all skilled criminals and mafia. They’ve crime of their veins… And I’m telling this home immediately, we are going to run this mafia to the bottom,” the Chief Minister, once more wagging his finger at Mr Yadav, had mentioned