Umesh Pal Was Killed To Reinstate Atiq Gang’s Supremacy In Region | Allahabad News

Prayagraj: The interrogation of five arrested aides of Atiq Ahmed has revealed that lawyer Umesh Pal’s murder on February 24 was an attempt to restore the gang’s supremacy in Prayagraj region, claimed police.
There was a perception in the Atiq gang that their hold over the region was weakening following the police crackdown and income from extortion was also declining. The gang also feared that more victims could become witnesses in cases pending against Atiq and his aides in the courts. A senior STF official preferring anonymity told TOI, “Those who were paying routine extortion money (rangdari) to the gang, had stopped citing different reasons. Atiq and his henchmen were worried over their fading influence in the region and believed that killing of Umesh Pal would help restore their terror.”
Cops said the five arrested associates have revealed the role of Atiq and his kin in Umesh Pal killing episode. Atiq, his henchmen and family members had not only planned the attack, but also coordinated with professional shooters and looked after the logistics in the crime, cops said. They said that seven more men of the gang operating in Prayagraj and Kaushambi have been identified and efforts were on to break the network of the gang. “The arrested operatives– Niyaz Ahmad of Dhoomanganj, Mohd Sajar of Dhoomanganj, Arshad Katra alias Mohd Arshad Khan of Colonelganj, Qaish Ahmad of Dhoomangan, Rakesh Kumar alias Nakesh Kumar alias Lala of Kaushambi– were involved in conspiracy and performing recee,” a senior police official said. Following the killing of Umesh Pal and his two gunners on February 24, the UP police had announced Rs 5 lakh cash rewards each on five absconding assailants, including Mohd Asad (son of Atiq), Ghulam Mohammad, Guddu Muslim, Arman and Sabir.
Prayagraj police have already gunned down Arbaaz and Vijay Chaudhary alias Usman in separate encounters. Besides, STF has also arrested one Sadakat Khan of Ghazipur for allegedly being involved in hatching conspiracy.
Police have named Atiq, his wife Shaista Parveen, brother Ashraf and son Mohd Asad in the shootout.

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