Crude bomb hurled near home of Atiq Ahmad’s lawyer: UP police

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Days after gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were shot dead, a crude bomb went off near the home of Atiq’s lawyer in Katra area of Prayagraj on Tuesday.

No casualties have been reported in the incident, the police said.

Late Saturday night, gangster-turned politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were sprayed with bullets by two youths even as they were being escorted for a routine check up on foot by armed policemen to Colvin Hospital in Prayagraj. Their police custody remand, from April 13, was to end at 5 pm on Sunday.

The whole shootout was captured live on television with the two brothers answering questions being posed by reporters. The shooters and one more associate surrendered to the policemen immediately after firing several rounds using semi-automatic pistols.

Accused Lavlesh Tiwari (22), Mohit alias Sunny Puraney (23) and Arun Kumar Maurya (18) were produced before a local court in Prayagraj Sunday. Gulab Chand Agrihari, District Government Counsel, said the court sent the three accused to judicial custody until April 29.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has constituted a three-member judicial commission to probe the killing. (Agencies)

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