Umesh Pal murder case: Police bringing Atiq to Prayagraj for interrogation today
Escorted by a 37-member team of Prayagraj Police, gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad will reach Prayagraj on Wednesday afternoon for interrogation in the Umesh Pal murder case.
After the police bring Atiq under relevant warrant to Prayagraj and lodge him at Naini Central Jail, they are likely to apply for his custody remand from a local court. This is the second time Atiq is being brought to Prayagraj from Sabarmati jail within a fortnight.
Atiq Ahmad’s sister files application in court to surrender
Meanwhile, Ayesha Noori, Atiq Ahmed’s sister has expressed her desire to surrender before the court. The chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Prayagraj has now sought a report from Dhoomanganj police station in response to an application moved by Noori. The CJM has fixed April 13 as the next date for a hearing of the matter.
In her application, Ayesha Noori said she came to know through a media report that she had been termed as an accused in the Umesh Pal murder case. She requested the CJM to obtain the report from the police in this connection.
“Since I have been made accused in the case, I wish to surrender before the court in order to pray for bail,” she said.
Ayesha’s husband, Akhlaq Ahmed, a Meerut-based doctor was arrested by the special task force (STF) on April 2 from his Meerut residence and was taken to Prayagraj in connection with the Umesh Pal murder case. He was later sent to jail for 14 days of judicial custody.
It is alleged that Akhlaq provided shelter and money to the killers of Umesh Pal, the key witness in the murder case of BSP MLA Raju Pal. He was then taken to Prayagraj.
It is alleged that Akhlaq, who was posted at Abdullapur Community Health Centre, provided shelter to not only the killers of Umesh Pal but also money when they reached Meerut after the murder.
Subsequently, after the arrest of Akhlaq, his wife Ayesha Noori, too, was wanted in this connection.
Pal and his two police security guards were shot dead on February 24, 2023, outside his home in the Dhoomanganj police station area. On a complaint lodged by Umesh Pal’s wife Jaya, a case was registered at Dhoomanganj police station against Atiq, his brother Ashraf, two sons, his aides Guddu Muslim and Ghulam, and nine others.
In the latest FIR, Atiq Ahmed, his son Ali Ahmed and Atiq’s cousin Aslam Mantri along with 10 others have been booked for demanding Rs one crore extortion, assaulting and threatening a man, police said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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