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Cong suspends leader after he calls Atiq Ahmed martyr, demands Bharat Ratna

Congress on Wednesday suspended its party leader Rajkumar Singh 'Rajju' for six years after he laid India's national flag on Atiq Ahmed's grave

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Days after gangster turned politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother were shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj, a Congress leader, has stoked controversy. 

The video has now gone viral, in which the Congress candidate from Azad Square ward no 43, Rajkumar Singh ‘Rajju’ can be heard calling Atiq a martyr and also demanding a Bharat Ratna for him. He laid India's national flag on Atiq Ahmed's grave, according to a report in India Today

According to media reports, following the video, the leader was suspended for six years and the Prayagraj Congress Committee issued a letter to notify the same. 

“He has been expelled. His statement about Atiq Ahmed was his personal views. His candidacy has been canceled", the letter read.

After the video went viral, Prayagraj Police took cognizance of the matter and took Rajju into custody and also registered a First Infomation Report (FIR) against him.

Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf Ahmed were shot dead by three unidentified assailants in Prayagraj on April 15, 2023. The firing took place near MLN Medical College premises, where they were being taken for medical examination. The two were shot dead while they were talking to the media and were guarded by the police. National Human Rights Commission also issued notice to UP police over their killings. 

An independent probe will be heard by the Supreme Court on April 24 into the killings of Atiq and Ashraf Ahmed

Atiq Ahmed and his brother were in judicial custody in connection with the Umesh Pal murder case. Days before Atiq Ahmed was shot dead, his son Asad was killed in an encounter. 

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First Published: Apr 19 2023 | 10:56 PM IST

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