Supreme Court Seeks Detailed Report From UP Govt On Killings Of Don Brothers Atique Ahmed And Ashraf
New Delhi, April 28 (TNA) Amid serious questions over the murder of don brothers - Atique Ahmed and Ashraf, in police custody in Prayagraj on April 15, the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on the whole incident. The court also sought a report on the police encounter of Ahmad's son Asad, who was killed by a special task force in Jhansi on April 13.
"How did they know? We have seen it on TV. Why were Atiq Ahmed and his brother not taken in an ambulance to the hospital? Why were they made to walk and paraded," the court asked.
Appearing on behalf of the UP government, Mukul Rohatgi told the court that the brothers were being taken for a medical test mandated by the court. "As per orders of the court, they had to be taken for medical tests every two days. So, the press knew. We have appointed a Commission to look into the matter," he apprised the apex court.
"This man (Atiq Ahmad) and his entire family have been embroiled in heinous cases for the last 30 years. This incident particularly is a gruesome incident. We have apprehended the killers, and they said they did this to gain importance," senior advocate Rohatgi, further stated.
"Everyone saw the killings on the television. The killers came in the guise of news photographers. They had passes, were carrying cameras, and were even carrying identity cards that were later found to be fake. There were 50 people there and more people outside. This is how they managed to kill," he pointed out. The PIL filed by advocate Vishal Tiwari, has alleged that the killings of Ahmad and his family members were part of a pattern of eliminating criminals through extrajudicial means.
Calling for a report on the killings in three weeks, the court said, "A comprehensive affidavit would be filed indicating the steps taken to inquire into the deaths which occurred on April 15 near Moti Lal Nehru Divisional Hospital, Prayagraj. The affidavit shall also disclose the steps taken with respect to the incident that occurred immediately prior to the one in question and also disclose the follow-up steps taken following Justice BS Chauhan commission report."
Former Supreme Court judge Justice Chauhan headed a commission to probe the encounter of gangster Vikas Dubey in 2020. The senior counsel also told the bench that an inquiry commission, as well as a special investigation team (SIT) of the state police, has been appointed by the government. "The commission comprises two chief justices, another judge, and a police officer. We have also appointed an SIT. What more can we do?