The 19-year-old son of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed, was buried at Kasari Masari graveyard in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, two days after he and his aide Ghulam Hasan, were killed in an encounter with the UP STF in Jhansi. Both were wanted in the Umesh Pal murder case.
Additional commissioner of police Akash Kulhary said it was the family’s decision to directly bring the body of Asad to the Kasari Masari graveyard. He added,” Asad’s maternal grandfather is here and he is carrying out the process of cremation of Asad.”
Earlier, Atiq’s lawyers reached the Kasari Masari graveyard to request the burial process be halted till the district court of Prayagraj opens the hearing of an application of Atiq Ahmed to allow him to participate in the last rites of his son. However, before the hearing of the plea, the rituals took place.
Asad was buried at Kasari Masari graveyard where all other relatives, including his grandparents, were buried. Asad’s grave has been dug beside the grave of Atiq’s father Feroz Ahmad. People present included Atiq’s sister Shaheen Begam. Only two dozen people were allowed at graveyard.
According to media reports, more than 200 police personnel were present to avoid any untoward situation. Officials used drones to keep a vigil near the graveyard. Security personnel also video-recorded the scene. Barricading was placed in Chakia and people were asked to go to their homes. Security arrangements were beefed up near Atiq’s house in the Chakia area of Prayagraj.
Meanwhile, the body of Ghulam Hasan, who was also killed in the encounter with the UP STF in Jhansi, was also brought to Mehendauri graveyard in Prayagraj for burial.