Atiq Ahmed killing: Yogi calls 3-member judicial commission to probe

Section 144 imposed in all 75 districts of UP after Ahmed and brother Ashraf were shot dead at point-blank range while in police custody Saturday night

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath (photo: IANS)
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath (photo: IANS)


Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday ordered a high-level probe into the sensational killings of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Khalid Azeem alias Ashraf in Prayagraj, officials said.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) have been issued in all districts of Uttar Pradesh to maintain law and order, they said.

Ahmed (60) and his brother were shot dead at point-blank range by three men posing as journalists in the middle of a media interaction on Saturday night, while police personnel were escorting them to a medical college in Prayagraj for a check-up.

The brothers, both jailed in Prayagraj, were in handcuffs when they were killed in full view of camera crews around 10 pm. The horrifying visuals were circulated widely on social media platforms and television channels.

"The chief minister has constituted a three-member judicial commission to probe the killing of Ahmed and Ashraf," Special Director General, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said. He said that the three assailants were arrested on the spot and the probe has commenced.

The chief minister convened a high-level meeting in Lucknow after the Prayagraj incident and ordered the probe, Kumar said.

"Prohibitory orders have been issued in all districts of the state," UP's Director of Information & Public Relations Shishir Singh said.

Briefing reporters in Prayagraj, Commissioner of Police Ramit Sharma said that the three assailants, who were arrested immediately, had joined a group of mediapersons who were trying to get soundbytes from Ahmed and Ashraf.

"As per mandatory legal requirement, Atiq Ahmed and Ashraf were brought to the hospital for medical examination. According to preliminary information, three persons posing as journalists approached them and opened fire. Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were killed in the attack. The attackers have been held and are being questioned," Sharma said.

During this incident, Constable Man Singh suffered an injury to his arm and one journalist was hurt after he fell during the commotion that followed the shooting, the officer said.

Meanwhile, Opposition leaders have called for the UP state government's dismissal, given the failure of law and order in the state.

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