Ateeq Ahmed - Don to death
Gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed, who had over 100 criminal cases against him, was shot dead by assailants while in the custody of Prayagraj police on April 15, 2023. His brother Ashraf was also killed alongside him. Atiq was the first person to have been booked under the 'Gangster Act' in Uttar Pradesh in 2013.
- Atiq Ahmed, a local don and businessman, won a record five consecutive terms as an MLA from Allahabad West constituency before vacating the seat to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Phulpur and won.
- Atiq was first accused of murder in 1979 and had over 100 criminal cases registered against him at the time of his death.
- On March 28, a UP court sentenced him to life imprisonment in a 2007 case in which Umesh Pal had accused him of kidnapping and torturing to change his statement in court in the Raju Pal murder case. This was his first conviction ever.
- Allahabad West constituency remained Atiq's family stronghold for long, and he contested the 1989 assembly elections as an Independent candidate from the seat and won.
- Atiq surrendered in 2008 after a lot of political pressure and was expelled from the Samajwadi Party the same year. BSP leader Mayawati refused to give him a party ticket in the following election.
- Atiq contested the Lok Sabha poll from the Shrawasti constituency as an SP candidate in 2014, but lost to the BJP's Daddan Mishra, and his downfall started soon as his relationship with the party turned sour.
- Atiq went on to contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat in 2019 from jail but lost
Atiq Ahmed: The Notorious Don of Uttar Pradesh
Atiq Ahmed, a former Member of Parliament from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh, was a man with a criminal record that spanned several decades. Known for his violent ways and his links to the underworld, Ahmed was a classic example of the nexus between politics and crime in India.
Born in Allahabad in 1962, Ahmed entered the world of crime in the 1980s. The several criminal case he was accused in included murder, extortion, and kidnapping. Yet, despite his criminal record, he continued to win elections, and.he became an MLA from Allahabad West in 2002 and held the position until 2007.
Ahmed's rise to power was marred by his violent ways and his reputation as a don. He was known for using his political position to intimidate and threaten opponents. His supporters were also accused of using violence to ensure his electoral victories.
In 1997, Ahmed was arrested in a murder case. However, he was released on bail and went on to win the 1998 Lok Sabha elections from Phulpur. He was subsequently re-elected in 1999. Ahmed was considered one of the most powerful politicians in Uttar Pradesh.
However, in 2003, Ahmed's luck ran out and he was expelled from the Samajwadi Party. Ahmed later founded his own political party, the Apna Dal, and continued to contest elections.
Ahmed was arrested once more in 2012 for the alleged murder of a businessman in Allahabad. He was subsequently jailed and faced several other criminal cases. However, even from behind bars, he continued to wield political influence, with his supporters reportedly threatening and intimidating his opponents.
On April 15, 2023, Ahmed was assassinated by 3 members of the Hindu Rashtra Dal.. Ahmed's death set off shockwaves in the political circles of Northern India
Ahmed's life was marked by his criminal activities and his political power. He was a classic example of the nexus between politics and crime in India. Ahmed's rise to power exposes the deeply entrenched corruption in India's political system.
Many have criticized the Indian government for its failure to bring criminals like Ahmed to justice. Despite his numerous criminal cases, he was able to hold political office and wield immense power.
Ahmed's death marks the end of a controversial era of violence in Uttar Pradesh's politics. His murder also raises questions about the role of criminals in India's politics.