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Kapil Sibal raises concerns on Atiq killing, says ‘art of elimination’

On Monday, Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal posed a number of concerns regarding the murders of Atiq Ahmad and his brother, including why they were taken for a medical examination at 10 p.m. when there was no emergency and why it was “open to the media.”

The gangster-turned-politician Ahmad and his sibling Ashraf, both in handcuffs, were shot dead by three men posing as journalists on Saturday night as they answered reporters’ questions while being escorted to a medical college in Prayagraj.

In a tweet, Sibal said, β€œAtiq and Ashraf (The art of elimination). Odd: 1) 10pm for medical check-up? 2) No medical emergency 3) made victims walk 4) open to media? 5) assassins unknown to each other at the spot? 6) weapons above 7 lakhs 7) well-trained to shoot! 8) All 3 surrendered.” The assailants were arrested soon after the dramatic shootout that took place in full view of camera crews.

The three assailants, Lavlesh Tiwari (22) of Banda, Mohit alias Sunny (23) of Hamirpur, and Arun Maurya (18) of Kasganj, were brought before a district judge on Sunday and remanded to 14 days of judicial custody.

According to the FIR, the three gunmen told police they murdered the Ahmad brothers to gain notoriety in the criminal world.

According to the police, the attackers had joined a group of reporters attempting to obtain sound clips from the Ahmad brothers. They reported that the men abruptly dropped their cameras and drew their weapons.

The administration of Uttar Pradesh has established a three-member commission to investigate the murder of the brothers.

In response to the shocking murders of the Ahmad brothers, the opposition parties lashed out at the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), claiming that “jungle raj” and “mafia raj” are prevalent in Uttar Pradesh while it is in power.

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