The Uttar Pradesh police on Sunday arrested two out of the six accused who allegedly abducted a real-estate businessman from the Deoria and thrashed him inside the Deoria jail. The complainant. Mohit Jaiswal, has accused jailed former parliamentarian Atique Ahmed, his son Umar and his five aides of kidnapping and assaulting him.
The Uttar Pradesh government has sought a report from the ADG Prison by Monday in this regard and said it will initiate action after examining the report.
Narrating his ordeal to news agency ANI, Jaiswal said on December 26, aides of Ahmed forcibly took him to Deoria jail where the former parliamentarian along with his son and 10-12 other men were present.
"I was thrashed inside the jail by the accomplices of Atique Ahmed. Forcefully, my four companies were transferred in the name of two associates of Ahmed. I was also made to sign on 15-10 plain papers and they also made me leave my Fortuner vehicle in the jail," reads the first information report (FIR) filed by the complainant.
He has also alleged that accomplices of Ahmed have also threatened him and his men of dire consequences.
"We had registered the case and had dispatched a team which recovered the vehicles. In the overnight operation, two people who had abducted the businessman have been arrested. Special teams have been formed to arrest the other accused,” SSP, Lucknow, Kalanidhi Naithani told ANI.
Some high profile 'criminals' including Ahmed, former Samajwadi Party district panchayat chairman Ram Pravesh Yadav and history sheeter K D Singh are lodged in Deoria jail, making it a sensitive prison.
Facing more than 40 cases of various heinous offences, 55-year-old Ahmed is currently lodged in the jail for assaulting the faculty members of an agricultural institute in Allahabad in 2016. Having the capacity to house only 5,870 prisoners, the Deoria jail has around 1,600 inmates lodged in it.
(With agency inputs)