Police claimed the Usman, 23, was the person who fired the first shot at Umesh Pal and it was captured in the CCTV footage. He was carrying Rs 50,000 cash reward on his head.
A joint team of SOG and local police gunned down wanted shooter #VijayChaudhary alias #Usman (27) near #Kaudhiyara… https://t.co/DkTqjyLfB7
— TOI Lucknow News (@TOILucknow) 1678078919000
The encounter took place between Gothi and Belwa under the Kaundhiyara police station area around 5.30am and Usman suffered bullet injuries in his neck, chest and thigh during the encounter, police said.
He was rushed to SRN Hospital, but doctors declared him ‘dead upon arrival’. A constable named Narendra was also injured in the encounter and admitted to Kaudhiyara community health centre for treatment.
Commissioner of police (Prayagraj) Ramit Sharma told TOI, “Acting upon a tip off that a criminal wanted in connection with the killings of Umesh Pal and his two gunners was moving around Kaudhiyara area, a joint team of Kaudhiyara, Khiri and Shakargarh police launched search operation after cordoning off the area.”
“When the police teams intercepted the criminal, he opened fire on police parties and cops retaliated which left the criminal injured. The injured criminal was taken to SRN Hospital where doctors declared him dead,” Sharma added.
Police have seized one 0.32 bore pistol, several live and used cartridges from his possession. He was mentioned as Usman in the police records, but his background check revealed that his real name was Vijay Chaudhary. “He was given the name Usman by gangster Atiq Ahmad himsef after he joined the gang sometime back,” a police source said.
The police commissioner claimed that Usman was the first shooter who opened fire on lawyer Umesh Pal as captured in the CCTV footage.
In Lucknow, ADG (law and order) Prashant Kumar said that police would track down every criminal involved in the murder case. “In the video footage of the fateful day Usman was seen opening fire on the victim Umesh Pal and his two police gunners,” he said.
“The police are probing the history of Vijay Chaudhary and when and how he became an Usman. All those who are giving shelter to the suspects in the murder and also are accomplices will not be let off,” he added.
“Prayagraj Development Authority is also scanning the details of property of the suspects involved in the murder case and is continuously doing a demolition drive of their property obtained by illegal means,” the ADG said.
Highly placed sources in the police department told TOI that Atiq gang’s shooter Ghulam, who is also an accused in the February 24 killing and carrying Rs 2.5 lakh reward on his head, had introduced Usman to Atiq Ahmad. “He was promised Rs 10 lakh cash and a SUV after the killing of Umesh Pal,” a police source said.
Sources, however, said he was only paid Rs 50,000 by Atiq’s henchmen. “Before joining the Atiq gang, Vijay was a small-time criminal and pick-pocket. Although he was named Usman by Atiq, it is being probed whether he had converted,” the source said.
This was the second encounter related to Umesh Pal murder. Earlier on February 27, police had gunned down one Arbaaz, a resident of Kaushambi. He was killed in Dhoomanganj police station area. Police claimed that he was driving the getaway SUV which carried assailants from the spot after the crime on February 24.
The special task force had also arrested one Sadakat Khan, a resident of Ghazipur, for the conspiracy behind the killing of Umesh Pal. On Sunday, the UP DGP announced Rs 2.5 lakh cash reward on the heads of five main accused in the case, including Arman, Asad (Atiq’s son), Ghulam, Guddu Muslim and Sabir.
After the February 24 killings, Umesh Pal’s wife Jaya had filed FIR naming Atiq Ahmed, his brother Ashraf, wife Shaista Parveen, two sons, aides Guddu Muslim and Ghulam and several others at Dhoomanganj police station for the murder of her husband.
Police killed him in fake encounter, says Usman wife
Suhani, the wife of Vijay Chaudhary alias Usman, has accused the police of killing him in a fake encounter after picking him up earlier on Monday.
She alleged that the police took away her husband and father-in-law in the morning and confiscated their mobile phones. Accusing the police of misusing the law, Suhani said, “The police have done absolutely wrong. The law is not made to kill someone. The law is made to protect.”
She said that on February 24, the day of Umesh Pal’s killing, her husband, who runs his own vehicle (Bolero) at a cement company, had left the house saying he had to leave for work.
Watch Umesh Pal murder case: UP Police guns down Atiq Ahmed’s sharpshooter Usman Chaudhary in encounter
The post is published through a syndicated feed and attributed to Times Of India