Atiq Ahmad, a gangster-turned-politician, and his 2 aid Dinesh Pasi and Khan Saulat Haneeff were given a life sentence on Tuesday for the kidnapping of lawyer Umesh Pal in 2006. They were also forced by the court to pay Umesh Pal’s family a one-lakh compensation. Additionally, a rupees 5000 punishment has been levied on each of the three.
Atiq Ahmad, a gangster-turned-politician, and three other people were found guilty of kidnapping lawyer Umesh Pal, the key witness in the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party member Raju Pal, by an MP/MLA court in Prayagraj. On February 24, Umesh Pal was shot and killed in Prayagraj.
Among other charges, Section 364 A of the IPC was used in the conviction of Atiq and former corporator Dinesh Pasi.
A 45-member team from the Uttar Pradesh Police took Atiq Ahmad from Gujarat to Prayagraj yesterday. In a high-security barrack of the Naini Central Jail, he has been held since his arrest.
The Supreme Court also rejected Ahmad’s request for protection while he was in the UP Police’s custody. The don-turned-politician was given permission to petition the Allahabad high court for protection after claiming that his life was in danger, according to a bench of justices Ajay Rastogi and Bela M Trivedi.
Following difficult questions on the public shooting of Umesh Pal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath slammed opposition leader Akhilesh Yadav in the state assembly the day after the shootout in Prayagraj, even making references to his feud with his father.