Mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed, who was found guilty in the Umesh Pal kidnapping case, was sentenced to a life imprisonment by the Prayagraj MP-MLA court.
The former MP had made a plea in the Supreme Court for protection, while he was in the custody of UP Police. The plea was rejected by the Apex Court. While the former politician and his associate were in the prison, they were accused of being in conspiracy to kill Umesh Pal.
The case dates back to 2005 when a BSP MLA Raju Pal was murdered in January. Umesh Pal, who was a member of the Zila Panchayat then, had told the police that he was a witness to the murder. He alleged that when he refused to back off from his case, he was pressured by Ahmed and was kidnapped at gunpoint on February 28, 2006.
— Megh Updates 🚨™ (@MeghUpdates) March 28, 2023
It has been 18 years since my son was kidnapped. He was a fighter. I have faith in the court. He (Atiq Ahmed) was sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping my son but he should be given a death sentence for the murder of my son. I have faith in UP CM Yogi Adityanath: Shanti… pic.twitter.com/JzVmChMjnZ
— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2023
The police registered a case against Ahmed, his brother and four unidentified people in July 2007. After his killing in Prayagraj, Pal’s wife filed a complaint against the former Samajwadi Party MP, his family and his aides. According to the police, there are more than 100 criminal cases registered against the former MP.