Atiq Ahmed to be produced in Prayagraj court today, security deployed outside Umesh Pal’s residence

28 March, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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Security was deployed outside Umesh Pal's residence ahead of the hearing in the Umesh Pal abduction case in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj MP-MLA court on Tuesday.

Security was deployed outside Umesh Pal’s residence ahead of the hearing in the Umesh Pal abduction case in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj MP-MLA court on Tuesday. Security has also been deployed outside the residence of his advocate.

The District Bar Association of Prayagraj stated that no other cases will be heard today in the MP-MLA court of Prayagraj except the Umesh Pal abduction case.

“Letter is written to Minister of District Advocates Association by Presiding Officer of MP MLA Court. A request also has been made to pronounce a verdict on March 28 itself,” Association said.

Atiq Ahmed, a gangster-turned-politician and an accused in the case, was brought from Gujarat’s Sabarmati Jail to Prayagraj’s Naini jail on Monday after an over 24-hour long drive from Gujarat.

He will appear in court today in connection with the Umesh Pal kidnapping case. The court’s security has been increased. Outside Naini jail, security was beefed up, with a large deployment of uniformed personnel visible.

On Sunday, Atiq Ahmed was released from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Jail by a 45-member Uttar Pradesh police team. As he walked out of the Sabarmati jail, Ahmed told reporters waiting outside that a plot was being hatched to kill him under the guise of following court orders.

“Court Ke Kandhe Par Rakhkar Hume Maarna Chah Rahe Hai (They are using the court’s orders as a pretext to get me killed),” Atiq Ahmed said as he was being escorted inside a police van by a 45-member team of Uttar Pradesh police.

Ahmed is the main accused in the Umesh Pal murder case. Umesh Pal, the prime witness in the 2005 murder of BSP MLA Raju Pal, and his two security personnel were shot dead in Prayagraj on February 24 this year.

Previously, Prayagraj Police Commissioner Ramit Sharma on Sunday said that Atiq is to be produced before a court on March 28 in connection with a kidnapping case, the verdict of which is slated to be pronounced on the same day.

“Court has fixed March 28 as the date for the pronouncing the verdict in an old kidnapping case…All the accused have to be produced before the Court in this matter. To produce Mafia Atiq Ahmed before Court, an accused in this case, a police team has been sent to Sabarmati jail,” the Commissioner said.