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Asad Ahmad encounter: Gangster's son changed 6 cities, 10 SIM cards; UP Police kept track
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Asad Ahmad encounter: Gangster's son changed 6 cities, 10 SIM cards; UP Police kept track

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 13 Apr 2023, 08:37 pm

Lucknow: Asad Ahmed, son of Atiq Ahmed and an accused in the Umesh Pal murder case, who was killed in an encounter in Jhansi today, had changed six cities and 10 SIM cards to evade arrest. However, the UP Police had been chasing him and keeping track of his whereabouts, media reported.

Asad Ahmed and co-accused Ghulam in the Umesh Pal murder case were killed in an encounter after a nearly two-month pursuit by Uttar Pradesh police.

The CCTV footage from the spot showed Umesh Pal, who was a lawyer and witness in the 2005 murder of BSP MLA Raju Pal, was gunned down by several shooters outside his home in Prayagraj. The policemen deployed to protect him were also killed in the attack. The footage also showed Asad Ahmad pointing a gun during the incident.

After the February 24 murder, Asad had fled to Lucknow and then to Kanpur. He kept changing his location, and went to Meerut where he stayed for a week, said police sources, reported NDTV.

Asad then moved to Delhi and lived in Sangam Vihar area and again changed his base to Ajmer in Rajasthan.

However, he needed to shift again to prevent being caught and decided to travel to Madhya Pradesh, which required him to pass through Uttar Pradesh.

During this course, he changed 10 SIM cards.

According to the report, police sources said they had an informer in Atiq Ahmed's gang, who kept them updated on Asad’s movements, the report said.

The police tightened their stranglehold when Asad reached Jhansi. They started raiding various locations in the city to nab him.

Today, the wanted criminal set off for Madhya Pradesh with his accomplice Ghulam on a bike. They were in a disguise to avert attention.

According to the report, a team from the UP Special Task Force intercepted Asad and Ghulam while they were travelling to Madhya Pradesh.

Ghulam fired at the 12-member police team, following which the police responded with retaliatory firing, resulting in the deaths of both Asad and Ghulam, police said.

The encounter reportedly involved the firing of 42 rounds of ammunition.

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