Ghar Wapsi: UP Police take Atiq Ahmad’s custody; to bring him home

Team of 45 UP police personnel, led by IPS Abhishek Bharti, will bring gangster turned politician from Gujarat’s Sabarmati jail

NEW DELHI | Updated: 26 March, 2023 7:27 pm IST
Atiq Ahmad wore a desolate look as he was taken out of the Sabarmati Jail 

It was a day of high drama in Gujarat’s Sabarmati jail as Uttar Pradesh police took the custody of dreaded gangster turned politician Atiq Ahmed to Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj.

Ahmed will be produced in court in Prayagraj, where he will be sentenced for his involvement in the Umesh Pal kidnapping case. The court is scheduled to pass an order on March 28.

UP police had made an elaborate arrangement to bring the former Samajwadi Party MLA, who has been lodged at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati jail since June 2019 following a Supreme Court order in April 2019.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ganganagar, Abhishek Bharti, led a team of 45 police personnel who have been tasked with bringing Atiq home safely.

The convoy, which will cover approximately a distance of 1274.9 kilometres by road, included six vehicles, including two Vajra vehicles and three four-wheelers.

Sources told The New Indian that the UP police Special Task Force (STF) had charted out two routes, one of which will be used to transfer Atiq.

While the UP police were completing the formalities, Atiq Ahmed refused to travel with the UP police. He requested to be sentenced via video conference. He cited once again that he fears for his life. He said that he fears that he will be eliminated either by a staged accident or an encounter.

Ahmed, a man with a chequered past, was allegedly involved in the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Raju Pal, who was shot dead in 2005.

Most recently, Ahmed’s henchmen were also involved in the daylight murder of a key witness in the Raju Pal murder case, Umesh Pal. He was gunned down outside his residence in Prayagraj on February 24 of this year.

Earlier this month, Ahmed moved to the Supreme Court for protection. Ahmed claimed that he and his family have been falsely implicated in the Umesh Pal murder case. He also said that he fears that he may be killed in a fake encounter.

Once an all-powerful figure, Ahmed’s incarceration showcased the CM Yogi Adityanath’s commitment to a crime-free Uttar Pradesh.

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