The Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) on Wednesday started demolishing the house of kin of Samajwadi Party leader Atiq Ahmed who, along with his wife Shaista Parveen, their two sons and his brother Ashraf, has been named as accused in the Umesh Pal murder case.
The cost of the house is estimated to be around ₹2.5 crore.
The house is said to be of one Khalid Jafar where Shaista was currently residing after Atiq Ahmad’s own house was demolished in September 2020 as part of an action against him.
“The house was illegally constructed in violation of set norms and is therefore being demolished. Notice was issued to the owner and all the requisite process was followed,“ Hindustan Times quoted PDA vice-chairman Arvind Kumar Chauhan as saying.
Umesh Pal was a key witness in the 2005 BSP MLA Raju Pal’s murder case in Prayagraj in which Atiq Ahmed and his brother Khalid Azeem besides many close aides are accused.
Atiq Ahmed, along with his son Asad Ahmed and wife and BSP leader Shaista Parveen, were named in the FIR on the killing. One of the accused was killed in an alleged encounter with the police on Monday.
Yogi Adityanath’s “bulldozer policy” against Muslims has been criticised as a means of selective targeting by many Indian and international rights groups.