Lucknow: The Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police said on Thursday that the encounter of wanted gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed’s fugitive son Asad and his aide Ghulam in the Umesh Pal murder case was a major success. “It was an important and challenging case. The killing of these two criminals (Asad and Ghulam) is a big success,” said ADG Uttar Pradesh STF Amitabh Yash while talking to reporters after the encounter.
#Watch , Uttar Pradesh STF ADG Amitabh Yash says, “It was an important and challenging case. The killing of these two criminals (Asad and Ghulam) is a big success.” pic.twitter.com/cpiaDewRbA– ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) April 13, 2023
foreign made weapons recovered
UP STF ADG also confirmed that both Asad and Ghulam, wanted in Umesh Pal murder case, have been eliminated and were in possession of foreign-made sophisticated weapons. Amitabh Yash further said that the STF team was fully prepared for the operation. The STF team was successful in locating them after much effort. We had information that they have sophisticated weapons. The STF team was fully prepared. Asad and Ghulam, the main shooters of the Umesh Pal murder case, were traced. And was killed in an encounter today,” he said.
Asad and Ghulam, the main shooters of the Umesh Pal murder case, were today traced and killed in an encounter. We had information that they have sophisticated foreign weapons: Amitabh Yash, ADG UP STF pic.twitter.com/RE4RmBpSJD– ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) April 13, 2023
The ADG STF said that it was not easy to nab the person who had killed a person (Umesh Pal) who was a witness against him and had police protection. The officer said that the police is leaving no stone unturned to nab all the criminals. “They were carrying foreign-made weapons which are rare. We are trying to arrest all the criminals who have come to light. The STF has put in full force,” he said.
Aide Asad killed in encounter in Jhansi
Atiq Ahmed’s son Asad was killed in an encounter with the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force in Jhansi. The police gave this information on Thursday. Asad was killed along with Ghulam, both wanted in the Umesh Pal murder case of Prayagraj. There was a reward of five lakh rupees on each of these. Special Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said, “Asad and Ghulam were wanted in Prayagraj’s Umesh Pal murder case and carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh each. They were killed in an encounter with the UP STF team.” The encounter took place on a day when Ahmed was produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Prayagraj in a murder case and was sent to 14-day judicial custody.
How UP STF tracked Asad?
Visuals show two bodies lying near a motorcycle at the site of the alleged encounter. Later an ambulance took them away. STF officials said Asad and Ghulam were on the run after the killing of Umesh Pal on February 24. Several teams of STF were deployed to nab them. Officials said that on Thursday, they were trying to escape on a motorcycle when they were stopped by a team of STF in Jhansi.
Atiq, Ashraf sent to judicial custody for 14 days
Meanwhile, a Prayagraj court on Thursday sent gangster-turned-politician Ateeq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf to 14-day judicial custody in the Umesh Pal murder case. The two were produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate Dinesh Gautam at 11.10 am amid heavy security and remained in the court for over two hours during the arguments.
Advocate Vikram Singh, counsel for Umesh Pal’s wife Jaya, said that Ahmed and Ashraf alias Khalid Azim will be kept in Prayagraj’s Naini Jail till April 26.
Singh said that the arguments on his application for police custody are yet to be completed.
CM Yogi praised UP STF
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chaired a high-level meeting on ‘law and order’ after gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed’s son Asad was killed in an encounter. CM Yogi also praised the team of Special Task Force (STF) involved in the shootout.
According to the Chief Minister’s Office of Uttar Pradesh, CM Yogi was informed about the encounter by the Principal Secretary (Home). A report was also placed before the Chief Minister on this whole matter. “After the encounter of former MP Atiq Ahmed’s son Asad and his associate, CM Yogi Adityanath took a meeting regarding law and order. CM Yogi praised the UP STF as well as the DGP, Special DG Law & Order and the entire team,” the CMO said in a statement.
Message for criminals: UP Deputy Chief Minister
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya lauded the State Special Task Force on the encounter of Assad and his associate and termed the action as a “message to criminals”. Speaking to ANI, Maurya said, “I congratulate UP STF for this action. Police retaliated when they (Asad and his associate Ghulam) fired at them.” “It is a message to criminals that this is new India. It is the Yogi government in UP, not the Samajwadi Party which is in power, which gave protection to criminals,” he said.