Samajwadi Party is facing flak from all corners after SP’s state unit chief Shivpal Yadav announced notorious gangster Atiq Ahmed as the party candidate for 2017 assembly elections from Kanpur’s cantonment assembly constituency.
Ahmed is facing 44 cases of murders, kidnapping and extortion. His nomination comes as a certain blow to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s efforts to project his party as an outfit which is free from hooligans and mafia dons.
Ahmed, who enjoys support of Muslims in Phulpur assembly constituency, had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on an SP ticket from Srawasti. The Kanpur Cantt assembly seat is a constituency which has a sizeable population of “gaddi” caste to which Ahmed belongs to.
Recently, he again courted controversy as he was booked along with his 50-odd aides on charges of creating ruckus and assaulting the staff and senior officers of Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Science (SHIATS) in Allahabad.
With a case lodged against Atique, the demands for his arrest started coming in from different quarters. Samajwadi Party state chief Shivpal Yadav said that action against Ahmad would be taken after checking the veracity of the charges levelled against him. On the other, BJP’s state general secretary Vidyasagar Sonkar demanded immediate arrest of Atique Ahmad and his supporters for intimidating and beating up SHIATS staff.
The CCTV footage of the incident reportedly shows Atique’s supporter brandishing gun on the campus area. A case under Section 307 (attempt to murder), 395 (robbery), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult) and 147 (rioting) of IPC and & Criminal Law Amendment Act has been lodged against Ahmad and his supporters and the police is probing the incident.
Earlier, Atiq Ahmed’s 12-year-old son fired 11 rounds from his imported Mauzer, during a wedding.
Born on August 10, 1962, Ahmed belongs to Uttar Pradesh’s Shravasti district. During his early years, he left studies as he was not interested in it. In 1979, when he was 17 years old, allegations of murder were leveled against them. After that he never looked back, and became a notorious name in the crime world.
In 1992, Allahabad Police came out with a list of charges against him. They said that there are cases (of murder, kidnapping, and extortion) registered against him not only UP’s Lucknow, Kaushambi, Chitrakoot and Allahabad, but also in Bihar.
He has the maximum number of cases against him in Allahabad. Between 1986 and 2007, around a dozen cases were registered against him in Gangster Act. According to the police record, his gang is registered as ‘inter-state gang number 227’.
The most notable case against him is the murder of BSP MLA Raju Pal in 2005. More cases piled up against Atiq when Mayawati came to power in 2007. Atiq was however granted bail in February 2012, ahead of assembly elections in the state.
Atiq Ahmed is five term MLA between 1989-2004. He was also elected to Lok Sabha in 2004 from Phulpur parliamentary seat as SP candidate.