Firing of 9 rounds, killing of Atiq-Ashraf at a distance of 3 KM from the High Court; Why are questions being raised on the UP Police?
After interrogating Atiq and Ashraf, the UP police took both of them to Convin Hospital for a medical checkup. The distance of Allahabad High Court from the hospital is about 3 km.
After the murder of Mafia Atiq and his brother Ashraf Ahmed, questions are being raised on UP police and law and order. Atiq had already raised questions on the intention of the UP police regarding the murder. Atiq’s wife Shaista had also filed an application in the Supreme Court regarding security, on which the Supreme Court had asked her to go to the High Court.
18 days after this comment of the Supreme Court, Atiq and his brother were murdered at a distance of 3 kilometers from the Allahabad High Court. The assailants shot Atiq and Ashraf in police custody. The UP police was taking both the brothers for medical checkup by tying them in the same handcuffs.
Where and when was Atiq-Ashraf murdered?
After interrogating Atiq and Ashraf, the UP police had taken both of them to Convin Hospital for a medical checkup. The distance of Allahabad High Court from the hospital is about 3 km, while Prayagraj SSP’s residence is only 6 km away from the spot.
Outside the hospital, journalists asked Ateeq questions, to which Ateeq was answering. Meanwhile, the attackers opened fire on him. Police tried to catch the attackers, but by then 9 rounds of firing had taken place.
High alert has been issued in Prayagraj after the murder of Atiq and Ashraf. Section 144 has also been implemented in Prayagraj. Heavy security forces have been deployed outside the SP, BSP and Congress offices.
Why is the question being raised on the lapse of the police?
There are more than 100 cases against Atiq Ahmed and 52 criminal cases against Ashraf. In such a situation, the police kept both of them tied in the same handcuffs. It is clearly seen in the videos of the murder that Atiq is shot first, after which Ashraf also falls on the ground. After this, the attacker roasts both of them with bullets.
Atiq was repeatedly expressing concern about his safety. Despite this, precautions were not taken. Atik was talking to the media by stopping between the policemen. Generally, undertrial prisoners are not allowed by the police to talk to the media. Taking quick action, the UP government has suspended 17 policemen.
The Supreme Court had said – go to the High Court for security
On March 28, a hearing was held in the Supreme Court on the security of Atiq Ahmed, in which the Supreme Court had said that this is a matter of the Allahabad High Court, so go there. Meanwhile, a warrant was issued against Atiq’s wife and she fled.
Due to the absconding of Atiq’s wife, this issue could not go to the High Court. Atiq Umesh Pal was convicted in the kidnapping case. Trial was going on in 60 cases on him. Among them were cases related to murder, attempt to murder and extortion.
41 died in police custody in 5 years
In Uttar Pradesh, 41 people have died in police custody from 2017 to 2022. According to the information given by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Lok Sabha, 10 people died in police custody in 2017, 12 in 2018, 3 in 2019, 8 in 2020 and 8 in 2021.
The question has been raised about the death in police custody in UP and many times the SP has besieged the Yogi government. The Supreme Court had said in a 1996 order that murder in police custody is a heinous crime.
What action has been taken by the UP Police after Atiq’s murder?
- The UP government has asked the Home Secretary and the DGP to go to Prayagraj immediately. Top officials of the government are keeping an eye on the situation.
- All the boundaries of Prayagraj have been sealed. Internet has been closed in the district. Policemen have been deployed while implementing section 144.
- The UP Police has asked all the police station in-charges of the state to go to the area immediately. The holidays of the policemen in UP have been cancelled, those who are on leave have been called back.