Gangster Atiq Ahmed's desperate bid for protection: What is he trying to Avoid?
Prayagraj. Once more, with renewed significance, the individual known as Atiq Ahmed, who was once a prominent figure within the Samajwadi Party and who has gained notoriety as a criminal…
Prayagraj. Once more, with renewed significance, the individual known as Atiq Ahmed, who was once a prominent figure within the Samajwadi Party and who has gained notoriety as a criminal mastermind, has found himself embroiled in a gripping tale of wrongdoing. Currently detained within the walls of Ahmedabad Central Jail, Ahmed has chosen to petition the highest judicial authority in the land, the Supreme Court, beseeching for his own protection and asserting that his very life is in peril.
This latest action has been instigated as a direct result of the unfolding events subsequent to the barbarous slaying of Umesh Pal, an essential witness in the 2005 Prayagraj homicide inquiry, in which Atiq Ahmed and other cohorts are the prime suspects being investigated.
Umesh Pal and his police security guard were shot dead outside their house in Prayagraj's Dhumanganj area last Friday, allegedly because he was trying to get Atiq and others punished for their role in the kidnapping case. It is believed that Atiq was facing the prospect of punishment in this case, and so had Umesh murdered in broad daylight. The murder was carried out by a group of nine people armed with bombs and weapons, who had arrived in the Dhumanganj area specifically to kill Umesh.
The police investigation has uncovered some shocking details, including the fact that the arms and cartridges for the shooters were procured from Munger in Bihar. Sadaqat, who was recently arrested in connection with the case, has provided important information, and it is believed that many more people, including some who call themselves advocates, were involved in the conspiracy.
Atiq Ahmed has requested that he not be sent to any other jail from Gujarat, and has also sought a direction to ensure that he is not subjected to any physical harm during police custody or interrogation. The fear of punishment is said to be haunting him, and he is taking every measure to protect himself.
The Supreme Court is yet to rule on Atiq's petition, but the case is already making headlines across the country. With allegations of mafia involvement, witness tampering, and political connections, this is a story that has all the ingredients of a sensational crime thriller. As the investigation continues, more shocking details are likely to emerge, and the nation waits with bated breath to see what will happen next.