Published On: Mon, Apr 17th, 2023

An Ex-Lawmaker Killed in Police Custody on Live Television in India

An Ex-Lawmaker Killed in Police Custody on Live Television

In a murder that took place on Saturday and was broadcast live on television, the victim, a former legislator in India’s parliament who had been convicted of kidnapping, and his brother were both killed by gunfire as they were being escorted by police to a medical examination.

The heartbreaking video showing the men being murdered was widely disseminated on both traditional and social media platforms.

Atiq Ahmed, a former politician, is seen having his turban blasted off while a handgun is pointed at his temple by an assailant who has reached over the heads of police officers to do so. The gun then goes off.

Ashraf Ahmed, his brother, was fatally wounded and both victims passed away before a minute, while the police soon captured three persons who have been accused of pulling out the slayings.

According to allegations in the media, the assailants pretended to be journalists before carrying out their attacks. While cops were able to take down the remaining two suspects, one of them quickly turned himself in following the incident.

They were among the mob that had assembled as both brothers, who were supposedly the kingpins in a regional criminal organization, were being transported, and cuffed from a medical facility in the town of Prayagraj in the northern region of UP on Saturday night.

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Prayagraj is located in the northern part of Uttar Pradesh. After committing the murder, the individuals who are accused of carrying it out began chanting in a Hindu religious language.

During the incident, one officer on the police force was hurt.

After the murders, the government of Uttar Pradesh banned all gatherings of over 4 individuals throughout the entire state out of fear that there could be violent unrest in response to the killings.

After the deaths of Ashraf Ahmed and Atiq Ahmed, who were part of a huge gang connected to taking over land and cases of murder, the state government enforced restricting orders, according to a top police official. Ashraf Ahmed and Atiq were among those who were killed.

The official, who spoke on a basis of anonymity because he did not have permission for interviews with the press, stated that we do not desire any kind of demonstration to acquire traction.

An investigation into the deaths has been mandated by the state government, which is currently under the control of the Hindu nationalist party that Narendra Modi, the prime minister, leads.

The kid of Atiq Ahmed was killed by police gunfire in Jhansi town last week. He was originally wanted due to an assassination attempt that was being probed as part of a larger investigation into a land gang that was operating in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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The investigation into the murder was taking place as part of the larger crackdown.

During the past six years, law enforcement in Uttar Pradesh has been involved in encounters that have resulted in the deaths of more than 180 individuals accused of criminal activity.

The leader of the Samajwadi Party, which is in the opposition, stated that the fact that an ex-member of his party was murdered while in custody by the police was evidence that the party in power, the Bharatiya Janata Party has not succeeded in restoring law and order to the state of Uttar Pradesh.

What about the protection of the general population, tweeted Akhilesh Yadav, leader of the other team Samajwadi Party, when someone may be killed in open firing amongst the protective cordon of the police?