On the run for 4 years, former UP MLA arrested for murder

Former Samajwadi Party MLA Mohammad Ashraf, an alleged accused in BSP legislator Raju Pal`s murder case, was arrested by Uttar Pradesh`s Special Task Force from Gautam Buddha Nagar.

Updated: May 01, 2011, 22:41 PM IST

Lucknow: Former Samajwadi Party MLA
Mohammad Ashraf, an alleged accused in BSP legislator Raju
Pal`s murder case, was arrested by Uttar Pradesh`s Special
Task Force from Gautam Buddha Nagar.

Ashraf, who has been on the run for four years and was
wanted in connection with nine cases, was arrested last night,
Special Director General of Police Brij Lal told reporters
here on Sunday.

Ashraf, who is the brother of former MP Atiq Ahmad,
carries a reward of Rs 1 lakh.

"During interrogation, Ashraf accepted his involvement
in BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case," he said.

Brij Lal said that the former MLA is being brought to
Allahabad where he would be produced before a court.

"During interrogation Ashraf alias Khalid Azeem
revealed that there were several licenced fire-arms in the
name of family members, including Ateeq`s wife," he said.

The SDG said that Ashraf told them that while on run,
he stayed in an apartment purchased by Ateeq in Okhla area in
Delhi.

"He also used to visit his relatives in Aligarh and
Merrut, besides visiting one Mustaqeem in Kurla area in
Mumbai," he added.

"Ashraf was being financially helped by his two
sisters in Merrut and Aligarh and Ateeq himself," he said.
Ashraf has 34 cases, including those of murder and
violation of the Gangster Act, pending against him.

Raju Pal was shot dead in January 2005 in Allahabad.

PTI