UP Police: The Long Arm of the Law: UP Police's Triumph in Apprehending Atiq Ahmed
UP News: In a dramatic turn of events, gangster-turned politician Atiq Ahmed was taken into custody by the Uttar Pradesh police hours after he refused to leave jail in Gujarat. The 60-year-old had cited concerns for his safety as the reason behind his refusal. Sources close to him claimed that he feared being killed in a staged accident or encounter during his transit to Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, where he was meant to seek sentencing via video conference in a kidnapping case.The former MLA from Uttar Pradesh had been lodged in Sabarmati jail in Gujarat, awaiting his sentencing in the Umesh Pal kidnapping case, scheduled for March 28. Another man allegedly involved in the same case was killed in an encounter earlier this month.As news of Atiq
Ahmed's refusal to leave jail reached the Uttar Pradesh government, Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak stated that the orders of the court would be followed.Despite Pathak's statement, the UP police sprang into action to get Atiq Ahmed in custody. Reports suggest that a team of police officers from Uttar Pradesh arrived in Gujarat and took him into custody. Atiq Ahmed is now being moved from Gujarat to Prayagraj, where he will appear for his sentencing via video conference.The move comes amidst heightened security in Uttar Pradesh, ahead of the upcoming state assembly elections. The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government is said to be cracking down on criminal elements in the state. Atiq Ahmed, who has several criminal cases against him, is seen as a key target in this
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Ahmed had won his first election in 1993 as an independent candidate from Allahabad West. He later joined the Samajwadi Party and won again in 1996 and 2002. He also won from the same seat in 2004 as an Independent candidate. However, his political career has been marred by several criminal cases against him, including charges of murder, attempt to murder, extortion, and kidnapping.The current move by the Uttar Pradesh police to take Atiq Ahmed into custody has been met with mixed reactions. While some have lauded the move as a step towards cleaning up the state's politics, others have expressed concerns over the use of force. The fact that Atiq Ahmed had refused to leave jail voluntarily, citing concerns for his safety, has also raised questions
the state's ability to protect its citizens.In the coming days, all eyes will be on the court's decision in the Umesh Pal kidnapping case and Atiq Ahmed's fate. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh police will have to defend their actions in taking him into custody, even as they continue their crackdown on criminal elements in the state.Atiq Ahmed's Custody: A Step Towards Cleaning Up UP Politics?As Uttar Pradesh prepares for the upcoming state assembly elections, the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government is cracking down on criminal elements in the state. In this context, the custody of gangster-turned politician Atiq Ahmed has been seen by many as a step towards cleaning up the state's politics. However, questions remain over the use of force and the state's ability to protect its citizens.