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Umesh Pal murder: Sharpshooter Arbaz killed in encounter with Prayagraj police

Umesh Pal, the prime witness in the 2005 BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case, was shot dead on Friday evening

Umesh Pal murder: Sharpshooter Arbaz killed in encounter with Prayagraj police

Heavy police deployed outside a hospital during the postmortem of a key witness in former BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case, Umesh Pal who was killed in a day before attack by unidentified persons at Dhumanganj area, in Prayagraj, on Saturday. PTI Photo



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Prayagraj (UP), February 27

Uttar Pradesh police on Monday gunned down one of the accused in the sensational February 24 killing of a prime witness in the BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case in an encounter here.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Navendu Kumar told PTI that Arbaaz, who was the driver of the white SUV used by the assailants to attack witness Umesh Pal, was surrounded by police teams following an intelligence input.

He opened fire on the police team and was injured in the ensuing encounter in Nehru Park under Dhoomanganj police station at around 3 pm, Kumar said.

He was taken to hospital where doctors declared him dead, the officer said.

"Arbaaz was accompanied by two or three other people who managed to escape from the spot. We are trying to track them," the officer added.

Umesh Pal and his police security guard Sandeep Nishad were shot dead on Friday outside his home in Dhoomanganj area of Prayagraj. Another security personnel Raghvendra Singh, who was injured in the attack, was admitted to SRN Hospital in critical condition and was referred to Lucknow on Sunday.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by Umesh Pal's wife Jaya Pal, a case was registered at Dhoomanganj police station (in Prayagraj) against gangster-turned politiciam Atiq Ahmed, his brother Ashraf, wife Shaista Parveen, two sons, aides Guddu Muslim and Gulam and nine others.

Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath had vowed to destroy the mafias after the opposition Samajwadi Party had questioned the law and order situation in the state in the wake of the killing.


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