In a bid to tighten the noose on gang members of slain gangster brothers Atiq Ahmed and Ashraf, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday night arrested a close aide of the latter from Prayagraj, who used to arrange meetings with Ashraf while he was lodged in Bareilly jail.
The police team from Bihari Chainpur police station has registered a case under sections 147/384/506/201/120B/195-A/34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 8/13 of the Corruption Act, 42(B) of the Prison Act. The accused, Atin Zafar, son of Zafar Ullah, a resident of Khuldabad in Prayagraj district, will be presented in Bareilly court on Saturday.
A non-bailable warrant was issued against him. Bareilly Police held Atin from Prayagraj and he was brought to Bareilly with the help of Prayagraj Police.
Atin's father was close to Atiq
Atin's father, Zafar Ullah, was a close associate of Atiq Ahmed. He is accused in the case of seizing builder Mohit Jaiswal's company by abducting him and subsequently taking him to Deoria jail. Atin, who resides in Khuldabad, is the same person who used Atiq Ahmed’s son Asad's ATM in Lucknow following the Umesh Pal murder to deliberately mislead the police.
Atiq Ahmed, Ashraf shot dead
On April 15, Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were shot dead from point-blank range while being taken for their medicals examination in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj, in the presence of police officials. Three persons, posing as journalists, had joined the media persons who surrounded Atiq and his brother asking questions. The three men shot Atiq and Ashraf who died on the spot. They were arrested soon after from the place of the incident.
Atiq was an accused in the Raju Pal and Umesh Pal murder cases. Umesh Pal was a key witness in the killing of former BSP legislator Raju Pal. He was also convicted in the Umesh Pal abduction cases, weeks before his murder.