Former MP And Brother Shot Dead Live On TV In India
Sunday, officials in northern India reported that a former MP and brother shot dead live on TV. A video of the assassination circulating on social media shows several media microphones held in front of the brothers as they stroll slowly.
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Sunday, officials in northern India reported that a former MP and brother shot dead live on TV. Atiq Ahmed, convicted of kidnapping and facing murder and assault charges, and his brother Ashraf were under police escort on their way to a hospital for a medical check-up on Saturday night in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, when three men masquerading as journalists opened fire from close range.
A video of the assassination circulating on social media shows several media microphones held in front of the brothers as they stroll slowly.
Moments before former Indian MP Atiq Ahmed shot dead live on TV – BBC News
A former Indian member of parliament convicted of kidnapping and facing charges of murder and assault was killed alongside his brother in a dramatic gunshot broadcast live on television.
Atiq Ahmed, a former member of parliament who was serving a life sentence in prison, and his brother Ashraf Ahmed were in police custody outside a hospital in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, when three men fired more than 20 rounds of bullets at them from close range as they answered reporters' queries. The two siblings perished instantly.
The three assailants, according to police officer Ramit Sharma, arrived on motorcycles while posing as journalists and were carrying camera equipment, a microphone bearing the logo of a television network, and false journalist identification cards.
They managed to reach close to Atiq and his brother on the pretext of recording a bite and fired at them from close range. Both sustained bullet injuries on the head … It all happened in seconds.- Ramit Sharma
The assault, which occurred late on Saturday night, was broadcast live on television by a number of reporters present at the scene. After the shooting, three suspects immediately surrendered to the police, with at least one of them chanting "Jai Shri Ram" or "Hail Lord Ram," which has become a rallying cry for Hindu nationalists in their campaign against Muslims.
The two victims were members of the Muslim minority in India. The police did not disclose if they were investigating a possible sectarian motive for the murders.
Ahmed's teenage son was shot dead by police days earlier. Over the past two decades, dozens of cases, including abduction, murder, and extortion, have been filed against Atiq Ahmed. In March of this year, a local court sentenced him and two others to life in prison for abduction. Ahmed had previously alleged that the police posed a threat to his life.
Lavlesh Tiwari, age 22, Mohit Puraney, age 23, and Arun Kumar Maurya, age 18, were identified as the assailants. Since their arrest, the men reportedly told police they had been monitoring the Ahmed brothers for two days and intended to carry out the murders in order to gain notoriety.
“We wanted to kill Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf with the aim of completely wiping off the Atiq-Ashraf gang and making a name for ourselves,” the men told police, according to the case report. Police stated they were conducting additional investigations, but did not specify whether they were looking into a sectarian motive for the murder.
Atiq Ahmed served as a state legislator four times and was elected to the Indian Parliament in 2004 from the Phulpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh, which was formerly represented by India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
He was among the first politicians from Uttar Pradesh to be prosecuted under the stringent Gangster Act in the late 1980s, facing more than a hundred criminal cases. He also cultivated a Robin Hood image among his predominantly Muslim constituents and assisted numerous impoverished families financially.
A former MP and brother shot dead live on TV. Atiq Ahmed was under police protection and speaking to reporters in Prayagraj, also known as Allahabad, when a gun was drawn near his head. After the shots were fired on Saturday evening, three men posing as journalists swiftly surrendered and were apprehended.
Over the past two decades, dozens of cases, including abduction, murder, and extortion, have been filed against Atiq Ahmed. In March of this year, a local court sentenced him and two others to life in prison for abduction.