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Prayagraj (UP), April 15 – In a shocking incident, gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were shot dead in Prayagraj on Saturday night, in the presence of the police and in full glare of the media.
Atiq and his brother were shot when they were taken for a medical test to the Colvin hospital here. Both died on the spot.
According to reports, Atiq was shot in the head from point-blank range when the mediapersons were talking to him. Both the brothers were handcuffed when the incident took place.
All the three shooters have been arrested by the UP Police. They have been identified as Lavlesh Tiwari, Arun Maurya and Sunny.
The incident took place on the day Atiq’s son Asad was laid to rest in Prayagraj after being shot dead in an encounter in Jhansi on Thursday.
According to reports, the three youths had joined a group of journalists who were talking to Atiq Ahmad and his brother Ashraf after the two stepped out of the hospital.
Even before Atiq could complete his answer, one of the assailants pointed a pistol at Atiq’s head and shot him while the other two opened fire at the brother.
After the brothers slumped to the ground, the assailants raised their hands and surrendered.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has summoned DGP R.K. Vishwakarma and other top police officials for an emergency meeting.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed in Prayagraj as the news of the twin murders spread. Additional forces are being rushed to the district where security has been beefed up.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that the incident is the height of lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh.
“If someone can be killed in police custody, then what about the common man,” he asked in a tweet.
Assailants posed as media persons
The assailants who killed gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf on Saturday night in presence of the police personnel and media came in the guise of media persons with one of them even carrying a mic along with an ID.
As journalists questioned Atiq Ahmed about his questioning in the police custody, he said: “Main baat yeh hai ki Guddu Muslim… (Actually, Guddu Muslim…) ” and was shot dead in the head, even before he could finish what he was saying.
India. Atiq Ahmed: Former Indian politician and brother shot dead live on TV. Atiq Ahmed (right) and his brother Ashraf taking questions from journalists moments before their death.
3 assasins pretending to be reporters taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/P7QNwXTPeD
— Dr. PMS (@ps1ack) April 16, 2023
One of the journalists who was present on the spot said: “The assailants shouted ‘surrender, surrender’ and threw their firearms on the ground.”
Meanwhile, prohibitory orders have imposed in Prayagraj and other communally sensitive districts.
PAC and RAF teams have been deployed in Prayagraj and the bodies have been removed from the scene of crime.
Atiq Ahmed’s eldest son Umar is lodged in Lucknow jail, while the second son Ali is lodged in Naini Central Jail in separate cases.
The third son Asad was shot dead in an encounter in Jhansi on Thursday and was buried in Prayagraj on Saturday.
The fourth son Ahjam and the youngest son Aban are housed in a juvenile home in Prayagraj.
His wife Shaista Parveen is absconding after being named in criminal cases.