The house where the family of former Member of Parliament (MP) and criminal Atiq Ahmed lived has been demolished in connection with the murder of businessman Umesh Pal. The demolition was carried out by the Uttar Pradesh police in the presence of a large contingent of security personnel.
Umesh Pal, a real estate dealer and local BJP leader, was shot dead in his office in Lucknow in October 2021. The police had initially arrested four people in connection with the murder, including Atiq Ahmed's son Umar, but they were later released on bail.
The police have alleged that Atiq Ahmed was involved in the murder and that his family members were providing shelter to the accused. The demolition of the house where his family lived is seen as a step to send a strong message against criminal activities and to prevent such incidents from recurring in the future.
Atiq Ahmed is a notorious criminal with a long history of involvement in criminal activities, including murder, extortion, and kidnapping. He was elected as an MP from the Phulpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 2004 and was subsequently expelled from the Samajwadi Party for his criminal activities. He has also been accused of running a criminal gang from inside the prison where he was lodged.
The demolition of the house where Atiq Ahmed's family lived is a significant move by the Uttar Pradesh police in their efforts to crack down on organized crime and to send a message that criminal activities will not be tolerated. It is hoped that this move will help to restore law and order in the state and prevent further incidents of violence and criminal activity.