STF rushes to Delhi to bring back Atiq; narco test likely (WITH DI 7

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Lucknow, Feb 1 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh police have rushed a team of Special Task Force(STF) to the National Capital to bring here absconding Lok Sabha member Atiq Ahmed, who was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in North West Delhi last evening.

It was the second success of the Special cell of Delhi Police after they had arrested UP's mafia don Brajesh Singh in Orissa on January 24.

State additional director general of police ( Crime, Law and Order and STF) Brij Lal said here today that a STF team lead by DSP Rambadan Singh had already left for Delhi in this connection.

''Today another team from Allahabad will leave for Delhi after acquiring warrant(B)from the local court against Atiq so that this could be submitted for transit remand at the Delhi court,'' he said.

The ADG said another police team from Allahabad was already camping in Delhi for the last few days after Atiq whereabouts were traced in the national capital.

He also maintained that the UP police might go for a 'narco' test of the expelled Samajwadi Party Phoolpur MP.

Meanwhile, the UP police would be moving a petition for transit remand for mafia don Brajesh Singh in the Delhi court after the expiry of his police remand till February 7.

Ahmed, an expelled Samajwadi Party MP, was arrested by the special Cell of Delhi police yesterday day evening from an apartment in Pitampura in north west Delhi, a senior police official said today.

He was on the run after his name cropped up in the sensational murder case of Raju Pal, a BSP MLA in UP. He was carrying a reward of Rs 20,000.

The Uttar Pradesh police has secured a non-bailable warrant against him in connection with the Raju Pal murder case.

Ahmed had alleged that there was threat to his life from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and it was for this reason that he was not surrendering to the state police.

Earlier, Mayawati had accused Congress leaders of conspiring to eliminate her and claimed that they were ''patronising'' Ahmed whom she dubbed as a mafia don.

A number of cases including that of murder, attempt to murder and kidnapping were registered against him.

The Allahabad district police was under immense pressure to catch Atiq after Brajesh was arrested by the Delhi police from Bhubaneswar.

IG, Allahabad Zone, AKD Dwivedi has sent a letter to SSP Dipesh Juneja asking for details of the progress made by the Allahabad police in connection with arrest of the absconding MP and his brother who is also a former MLA. Dwivedi has also sought details of the three special police teams, which have been camping in New Delhi since May, 2007 to track down the MP.

Earlier, Mayawati had transferred all senior officials from the rank of IG to that of the SP of the Allahabad district over 'mishandling' of the Atiq case. Now the present officers are also apprehending the same fate.

The police have declared Atiq and Ashraf as absconders and nine cases have been registered against them.

In January this year, the Samajwadi Party had expelled its absconding MP Atiq Ahmed for his alleged involvement in the murder of former BSP MLA Raju Pal. Pal was shot dead in Allahabad in January, 2005.

Police in its records claimed that Atiq and his co-accused younger brother and ex-MLA Khalid Azim alias Ashraf, were wanted by four police stations including Khuldabad, Kareli and Civil Lines.

According to the police, 13 criminal cases werepending against them.

The expelled Samajwadi Party MP had last year accused Mayawati of using him as an excuse to demand SPG cover for herself.

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