LUCKNOW: Mafia don-turned-politician and former Samajwadi Party MP Atique Ahmad once 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 on late Wednesday night.
Atique Ahmad, accused in a number of murder and extortion cases including the killing of BSP legislator Raju Pal in January 2005, was recently declared Samajwadi Party candidate from prestigious Kanpur Cantt seat for the upcoming state Assembly elections.
With a case lodged against Atique, the demands for his arrest started coming in from different quarters. While reacting to the incident, 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. Even the SHIATS students on Thursday held protests in Allahabad against the former MP seeking his arrest.
According to sources, Naini police lodged an FIR against the former MP and his supporters for barging into SHIATS campus and beating up its staff and senior management officials. SHIATS authorities lodged a criminal complaint against two students -- Saif Siddiqui and Saqib Ahmad -- on the charges of misbehaviour and threatening teachers. The police sources said that Atique and his supporters were mounting pressure on SHIATS authorities to take back their complaint against the two students.
Moreover, the CCTV footage of the incident reportedly shows Atique’s supporter brandishing gun on the campus area. According to Allahabad district police chief, Shalabh Mathur, 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 was lodged against Ahmad and his supporters in Naini police station and an inquiry into the incident was on.