UP Police eliminate second suspect in Umesh Pal’s murder case

Shooter Usman Chaudhary belonged to the Atiq Ahmed gang, which was involved in the 2005 murder of BSP MLA Raju Pal

NEW DELHI | Updated: 06 March, 2023 11:03 pm IST
Usman Chaudhary was shot dead on Monday

Uttar Pradesh police on Monday, March 6, shot dead a second suspect in the murder of Umesh Pal, a key witness in the killing of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator Raju Pal.

The suspect, a shooter who owed his allegiance to gangster Atiq Ahmed, was shot dead in an encounter in the Kaundhiyara PS area in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj.

According to the police, Usman Chaudhary was the man who fired the first shot at lawyer Umesh Pal.

Usman was one of six shooters who attacked Umesh Pal, a key witness in Raju Pal’s 2005 murder. Two policemen on Umesh Pal’s security duty died of injuries later.

This is the second encounter by the UP police in Umesh Pal’s murder case. On February 27, the Prayagraj police shot dead another accused – Mohd Arbaaz, 22, of Sallahpur village in Kaushambi district, in connection with the Umesh Pal murder. The first encounter had taken place within 72 hours of Umesh Pal’s murder.

Shocking visuals of Umesh Pal’s murder captured by a CCTV camera went viral, prompting questions on the state’s law and order situation.

After the incident, Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that the government would crush those involved in the crime.

Umesh Pal was a key witness in the 2005 murder of Raju Pal, a BSP legislator murdered only months after winning the Allahabad (West) assembly seat by defeating former Samajwadi Party MP Atiq Ahmed’s younger brother Ashraf Ahmed.

Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf, a former MLA, are accused in the Raju Pal murder case and are currently in jail.

Hitting back at the opposition amid the uproar over Umesh Pal’s murder, Chief Minister Adityanath had said that Atiq Ahmed was a Member of Parliament from Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and said his government would not allow “mafia raj” in the state.

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