The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed Section 144 across the entire state after Atiq Ahmed and Ashraf Ahmed were shot dead by three miscreants in Prayagraj while they were in police custody. This means that gatherings of more than four people are prohibited, and additional police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order. In addition, the leaves of all policemen in the state have been cancelled, and they have been instructed to report for duty immediately.
The three assailants were arrested from the spot and a detailed probe is on in the matter. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday ordered a high-level probe into the sensational killings of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad and his brother Khalid Azeem alias Ashraf in Prayagraj. “The chief minister has constituted a three-member judicial commission to probe the killing of Ahmad and Ashraf,” Special DG of Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said.
Atiq Ahmad (60) and his brother were shot dead at point-blank range by three men posing as journalists in the middle of a media interaction on Saturday night while police personnel were escorting them to a medical college in Prayagraj for a checkup. The brothers, both jailed in Prayagraj, were in handcuffs when they were killed in full view of camera crews around 10 pm.
A police officer said the three assailants, who were arrested immediately after the incident, had joined the group of media persons who were trying to get sound bites from Ahmad and Ashraf. A policeman was injured in the incident as a bullet hit his arm, the officer said, adding that a journalist was also hurt after he fell during the commotion that followed the shooting.
The incident has sent shockwaves across the state and has raised questions about the law and order situation. The imposition of Section 144 is an attempt by the government to maintain peace and prevent any untoward incidents.
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