Ateeq-Ashraf Murder: A day after their killings, gangster-politician Ateeq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were buried at the Kasari Masari cemetery in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj district. Earlier, after the post-mortem, their bodies were handed over to the relatives for the last rites. Earlier on Saturday, Atiq’s son Asad, accused in the Umesh Pal murder case, was buried in the same cemetery after he was killed in a police encounter. This cemetery is located in Ahmed’s native village. Significantly, Atiq Ahmed was also an accused in the 2005 BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case and the Umesh Pal murder case in February this year.
Here are the top 10 latest developments in this matter:
- Mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were killed in the presence of police in Prayagraj on Saturday night.
- The incident took place when the police were taking them to a medical college in the district. All three executed the attack on the miscreants by posing as media persons.
- The attackers have been identified as Lovelesh Tiwari (22) resident of Banda, Mohit alias Sunny (23) resident of Hamirpur and Arun Maurya (18) resident of Kasganj. All of them had criminal background.
- The shooters told police they committed the attack to make a name for themselves in crime because they wanted to be “popular”.
- According to the investigation, the killers used the Turkish-made semi-automatic pistol Zigana. The weapon is manufactured by Turkish firearms company TISAS. It is smuggled from Pakistan to India through drones and other illegal methods.
- Following the killings of the two, the opposition intensified its attacks on the Uttar Pradesh government, with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav alleging that the state was “in the grip of jungle-raj”.
- After the miscreants were killed in police custody, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a high-level meeting and ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident.
- The three-member judicial inquiry committee will submit its report to the UP government in two months. The committee will be headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Arvind Kumar Tripathi. Other members include retired IPC officer Subesh Kumar Singh and retired district judge Brijesh Kumar Soni.
- The three shooters who shot gangster Atiq and his brother Ashraf were sent to 14-day judicial custody by the Prayagraj court.
- The minor sons of Atiq Ahmed were brought to the cremation ground from the Child Improvement Home. The cemetery was heavily guarded by police and only distant relatives of the deceased brothers were present.
(with inputs from agencies)