Prayagraj police search former SP leader Atiq Ahmed’s Lucknow home in connection with the death of Umesh Pal and take two expensive vehicles.

The police seized two luxury cars from the Universal Apartments, according to sources. The raids were carried out on February 27 late at night, they said, adding that the action followed a shootout in which advocate Umesh Pal, the key witness in the murder of BSP MLA Raju Pal, was killed in Prayagraj. Atiq Ahmed, a gangster-turned-politician, was a former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader. Umesh Pal murder case: Mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad, his wife, and others named in FIRSources said police have detained 17 people for questioning, including two of Ahmad’s sons. Police commissioner Ramit Sharma said that 10 police teams conducted a series of raids at different spots to apprehend the accused. Having entered the criminal world in 1979 after being named as an accused party in a murder case, mafia don-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad (62) has 100 criminal cases against him, including the most recent one filed with the Dhoomanganj police station of Prayagraj late Friday in connection with the murder. Atiq Ahmed, along with his son Asad Ahmed and an unnamed accomplice, are accused of the murder. However, they had left the place before the raid, police sources said on Wednesday.The police, however, impounded two luxury cars and took them to the Mahanagar police station.”STF and Prayagraj Police raided Universal Apartment flat number 202 and impounded two luxury vehicles, which were brought to Mahanagar police station. The vehicles are registered in the names of Atiq Ahmed’s family members,” a source said.A guard at the building said the CCTV has been out of order for nearly two years.”They left the flat on February 24 evening. There were 3 to 4 people. They (shooters) were not seen thereafter. The police took away the cars day before yesterday. Personnel from the STF and Mahanagar police station were here. Nobody was found in the flat,” a guard at the building said.Earlier, in a major development in the Umesh Pal murder case, an accused was shot in an exchange of fire near the Nehru Park area in Prayagraj’s Dhoomanganj on Monday, a top police officer said.The accused, identified as Arbaaz, was driving the car used in the murder of Umesh Pal, who was a prime witness in several cases, including the murder of BSP MLA Raju Pal.The police said Arbaaz was injured and succumbed at the hospital.”Accused Arbaaz was shot during the encounter that took place near Nehru Park in Dhoomanganj, Prayagraj earlier today. He was driving the car that was used in the murder (of Umesh Pal) and was fired upon,” ADG law and order Prashant Kumar said on Monday.”Arbaaz died during treatment at the hospital. The UP administration and the police have initiated a campaign against all such miscreants, gangsters, and mafia. There is also a crackdown on those sheltering such people,” he added.Umesh Pal and one of his two armed security escorts were shot dead in Prayagraj’s Sulem Saray area on February 24. The incident occurred a few days after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attacked the Samajwadi Party in the Assembly, declaring that his government would eradicate the mafia. Calling the Prayagraj incident sad, CM Yogi said, “The government has taken cognizance of it and the results of our policy of zero tolerance for crime would be there for everyone to see very soon. No one should have any doubt.” Several rounds were fired and bombs were thrown at Ume (Using data from ANI)

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