Bharatiya Janata Party in government Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party chief was doing the encounter in view of the elections Akhilesh Yadav This came a day after gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed’s son Asad and an aide were killed by an STF team in Jhansi. Ahmed, his son and several others are accused in the Umesh Pal murder case in UP, as a result of which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took an oath in the assembly that he would wipe out the mafia from there.
Speaking to reporters after paying tributes to eminent jurist and social reformer Babasaheb Ambedkar on his birth anniversary at his birthplace Mhow, Yadav said the Constitution, of which the former was the chief architect, was under threat. Yadav said, “Institutions are ending one after the other and the (Bharatiya Janata Party) governments (at the Center and in UP) are working to destroy the Constitution given to us by Babasaheb.”
When asked about Thursday’s encounter, Yadav said, “From day one, the (Uttar Pradesh) BJP government is involved in fake encounters with an eye on elections.” However, when asked about the allegations that ateek Ahmed had links with Pakistani elements, Yadav only said “who else they have links with, what can I say”. During which their houses were bulldozed and burnt, costing them both their lives. Yadav also alleged that a promising student leader was killed in Ballia by people belonging to the “caste of the (UP) chief minister”.
The SP chief questioned, “Is this an India where you can kill a weak person? Is this an India where we will not get our constitutional rights.” He asked why UP has received the maximum number of notices from the National Human Rights Commission (for police action like encounters), adding that the northern state also leads in the number of custodial deaths. Umesh Pal, the key witness in the 2005 murder of the then BSP MLA Raju Pal, and his two police security guards were shot dead outside their house in Dhumanganj area of Prayagraj on February 24 this year.
Based on the complaint of Jaya Pal, wife of Umesh Pal, a case was registered on February 25 against Atiq Ahmed, his brother Ashraf, sons Asad, Ghulam and others. According to the UP police, Asad and Ghulam were shot dead on Thursday after they opened fire on the Special Task Force team that surrounded them in Jhansi.