In a joint operation on Friday evening, the Prayagraj and Meerut police attached and sealed the two-storey house of Atiq Ahmed’s sister and jailed brother-in-law, Dr. Akhlaq Ahmed, in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. The house, located in the Bhawani Nagar area, was sealed on December 8, following the elusiveness of Ayesha Noori, who has been named a co-accused in the murder of advocate Umesh Pal and his two police gunners in Prayagraj on February 24.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Varun Kumar had pasted an attached notice on the Meerut house on August 19, directing Ayesha to surrender within 20 days. The attachment process was initiated after she remained elusive, according to Subodh Saxena, in-charge of Nauchandi police station in Meerut. Household goods worth Rs 80,000 were recovered from the sealed house, placed in the custody of Nauchandi police station. The property's security is entrusted to a vigilant neighbor who will report any suspicious movement to the area police station, as reported by Indian Express.
Lucknow's Special Task Force (STF) had previously arrested Dr. Akhlaq Ahmed on April 2, while Ayesha Noori has been on the run since then. Dr. Ahmed, a former government hospital doctor in rural Meerut, had his services terminated post-arrest. The STF's investigation into the Umesh Pal murder case revealed Dr. Ahmed's alleged involvement. Shahrukh, Dr. Ahmed's domestic help, arrested on March 20, disclosed that Akhlaq and his wife had sheltered Atiq’s son Asad and Guddu Muslim at their Meerut house on February 25, providing them with financial assistance. Both Asad and Muslim were later killed in an STF encounter in Jhansi.
Since Dr. Ahmed's arrest in April, his wife and two daughters have been missing, despite extensive raids on possible hideouts. They remain elusive, according to police reports.