Atiq Ahmed Killed: Gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were shot dead on Saturday (April 15) in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. When both the brothers were answering the questions of the media, then the accused opened fire on both of them in front of the camera. The police caught all the three attackers on the spot. The attackers who opened fire came posing as journalists.
During this attack, many journalists present at the spot also narrowly escaped. A journalist recalled the horrifying moments of the incident. News agency PTI journalist Pankaj Srivastava told that Atiq and Ashraf were brought for medical checkup. When the media was talking to him, three people opened fire.
“My colleague pushed me when shots were fired”
Pankaj told that many journalists were present there to take the bite of both the brothers and suddenly unknown people opened fire. Due to which Atiq and Ashraf died on the spot. He said that at least 15-20 rounds of firing took place. When asked how he saved his life, he said that as soon as the bullets were fired, my colleague pushed me down and saved my life.
Atiq and Ashraf’s murder
Atiq and Ashraf were shot dead when they were being taken for examination to a medical college in Prayagraj. Due to media coverage, this incident was shown live on television channels. The police immediately arrested the attackers.
Center will take steps to protect journalists
After this incident, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday decided to prepare Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the safety of journalists. Sources said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and under the guidance of Home Minister Amit Shah, the Ministry of Home Affairs will prepare SOP for the safety of journalists.
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