Gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad and his brother Ashraf were shot in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh by unidentified assailants. Atiq Ahmad’s son was recently killed in an encounter with UP Police in Jhansi. Atiq Ahmad had been accused in the murder cases of BSP MLA Raju Pal in 2005 and Umesh Pal in February of this year. All three shooters have been arrested in connection with the recent shooting. Internet services in Prayagraj have been completely suspended.
Lovelesh Tewari, Sunny Singh, and Arun Maurya, the three accused in the case, have a criminal history, and their families have disowned them.
Lovelesh Tewari, who is one of the accused, had been previously incarcerated. His father has disowned him and stated to the media that the family is not associated with his actions. He also mentioned that Lovelesh had a history of staying away from family affairs and had not communicated with them for several years. The family saw the incident on TV and was unaware of Lovelesh’s involvement. Yagya Tiwari, Lovelesh’s father, revealed that there was already a registered case against him and that he was jailed for that. Lovelesh had arrived at their home only a few days before the incident.
Sunny Singh, who is another accused in the case, has 14 registered cases against him and had been declared a history-sheeter. He had been on the run from the law. He had sold off his share of the ancestral property and left home after the death of his father. Sunny’s mother and brother, who run a tea stall, have not seen him for over five years now.
According to sources, Arun, the third shooter, had left his home as a child and had been connected to the murder of a policeman on a train in 2010. He worked at a factory in Delhi, and along with the other two accused, was staying at a lodge in Prayagraj. During questioning, the accused confessed that they wanted to become notorious criminals and kill Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf to eliminate the Atiq-Ashraf gang and make a name for themselves. The FIR also revealed that the accused had planned to pose as local journalists and blend in with the crowd to kill the brothers when they were taken into police custody.