In the Umesh Pal murder case, the police on Saturday filed the chargesheet against eight suspects. The Magistrate took the chargesheet into account. Notably, Umesh Pal was a witness in MLA Raju Pal’s murder case who was murdered in 2005. The names of Atiq Ahmed, his brother Ashraf, his son and others were the accused in Raju and Umesh Pal’s murder. During the investigation, the names of the eight accused surfaced who were arrested. The charge sheet was filed on Saturday.
Umesh Pal, a key witness to the murder of BSP leader Raju Pal and one of his two armed security escorts was shot dead in Prayagraj’s Sulem Saray area on February 24. Several rounds were fired and bombs were hurled at Umesh and his gunners.
Notably, Atiq Ahmad and his brother Ashraf Ahmad were shot dead by men posing as press persons on the night of April 15 while being taken for a medical examination in Prayagraj. Both the gangsters collapsed on the spot after they were shot at nearly point-blank range.
Two days earlier on April 13, Atiq’s son Asad along with his aide Ghulam were also killed in an encounter with the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force in Jhansi in the Umesh Pal murder case.
Whereas Prayagraj police have issued lookout notices against slain gangster Atiq Ahmed’s wife Shaista Parveen, and his close aides, Guddu Muslim and Sabir, officials said.
According to officials, Uttar Pradesh police have also declared a bounty of Rs 50,000 in the name of Shaista Parveen.
Despite efforts, the police are not able to trace Parveen and the other two. In such a situation, officials are of the view that they may run out of the country.
This, in turn, has prompted authorities to issue lookout notices against all three of them. Around a month ago, a lookout notice was also issued against them to prevent them from leaving the country. The notice period will be for 1 year.
The lookout notice has been sent to all immigration checkpoints, and if they are caught while trying to flee out of the country, Prayagraj police will receive an alert from the agencies concerned.
On April 9, the UP police doubled the reward on Shaista Parveen, slain gangster Atiq Ahmed’s wife. She carries a Rs 50,000 reward on her. UP police on April 19 conducted raids in Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi in search of Shaista.
According to the police, search operations are still underway in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj and nearby localities. With the killing of Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf and also the death of Atiq’s son Azad Ahmed in an encounter with the STF on April 13, Shaista has been on the run ever since. Earlier on April 25, the Uttar Pradesh government banned Atiq’s brother-in-law Akhlaq Ahmed, a health department physician who was reportedly engaged in unethical behaviour.
At the moment, Akhlaq Ahmed is detained in Prayagraj’s Naini Jail. He was assigned to the Meerut community health centre, Bhavanpur. After Umesh Pal was killed in Prayagraj, Dr. Akhlaq Ahmed is accused of hiding Guddu Muslim and giving explosives to fugitive shooters. In accordance with the deputy chief minister’s orders, the Principal Secretary acted. Ayesha Noori, the sister of mobster Atiq Ahmed, is married to Akhlaq Ahmed.