Atiq Ahmad, a gangster-turned-politician who was today given a strict life sentence in prison for his role in the 2006 Umesh Pal kidnapping, would be returned to Sabarmati Central Prison in Gujarat, a senior prison official said.
For the hearing in this MP-MLA court, Ahmad was transported by road from Sabarmati Prison. Before the hearing, he was detained at the Naini Central Prison in Prayagraj.
Atiq Ahmad would be sent back to Sabarmati Central Prison in accordance with the honourable court’s directives, senior superintendent Shashikant of Naini Jail told PTI.
Former Phulpur-based Samajwadi Party member Ahmad was transferred to Sabarmati Central Prison in Gujarat in June 2019 as a result of a Supreme Court ruling after being charged with planning the abduction and assault of real estate mogul Mohit Jaiswal from an incarceration in Uttar Pradesh.
Shashikant responded that Khalid Azim alias Ashraf, Ahmad’s brother who was found not guilty in the case, has “gone for Bareilly” when questioned about him.
Since July 2020, Ashraf has been detained in the Bareilly District Prison. On Monday evening, he was transferred to the Naini Central Jail under heavy security.
Ahmad was found guilty for the first time in more than 100 cases that had been filed against him.
Judge Dinesh Chandra Shukla of the special MP-MLA court found Dinesh Pasi, Saulat Hanif, and Ahmad guilty of violating IPC Section 364-A. (kidnapping or abduction in order to murder).
Government attorney Gulab Chandra Agrahari stated, “The court has sentenced the three to harsh life imprisonment and each will receive a fine of Rs. 1 lakh.”
The money would go to the family of Umesh Pal, who was killed last month while testifying in the 2006 murder of BSP Lawmaker Raju Pal. In the murder investigation, Ahmad and his brother Ashraf are also charged.
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