The Muslim hostel of Allahabad University has been vacated and sealed following the arrest of a man in connection with the killing of Umesh Pal, a key witness in the sensational BSP MLA murder case, officials said on Monday.
The name of Sadakat Khan, a resident of Ghazipur and a LLB student at the Allahabad University, appeared in the Umesh Pal murder case following which he was arrested from the hostel by the STF last Monday, they said.
In the aftermath of the Prayagraj shootout, all the rooms of Allahabad University's Muslim hostel were sealed by the local admin. A suspect Sadaqat, accused to be part conspiracy was arrested by STF from the hostel. pic.twitter.com/YzKcu6IWnD— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) March 6, 2023
Umesh Pal, a key witness in the killing of former BSP legislator Raju Pal, was gunned down on February 24 outside his home in Dhoomanganj in Prayagraj. While Umesh Pal succumbed the same day, his two security personnel died later during treatment. The man who fired the first shot at Umesh Pal -- Vijay Chaudhary alias Usman -- was gunned down in an encounter with Prayagraj police early Monday, officials said.
Umesh Pal murder case | Prayagraj: Accused Sadaqat Khan lived in hostel illegally. Authorities ordered us to vacate hostel premises. Students asked to leave for their homes & will be called once situation is normal: Superintendent of Muslim Boarding House, Allahabad University pic.twitter.com/b4DCUJlVYf— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) March 6, 2023
The Superintendent of Muslim Boarding House said that Khan was living in the hostel illegaly. Students will be called back to the campus once the situation is normal, he said."It has been decided in the March 5, 2023, meeting of the hostel authority that seeing the current circumstances, all the students should vacate their rooms along with their belongings by March 6," a notice issued by hostel superintendent said.
"From March 6, 2023, to Eid, the hostel will remain closed. Disciplinary action will be initiated against those who do not comply with (the order)," it said. Irfan Ahmad Khan told PTI, "Keeping in mind the security of other students, the rooms of the hostel have been vacated and the hostel sealed."
A war of words had broken out between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party over Sadakat Khan following Umesh Pal's killing, with both citing his pictures with leaders to point fingers at each other. The BJP attacked the SP over a purported picture of Sadakat Khan with Akhilesh Yadav while the SP chief hit back by posting images of Khan with some BJP leaders. The Congress, meanwhile, alleged that both the Samajwadi Party and the BJP are hand-in-gloves with criminals and were two sides of the same coin.
(With inputs from PTI)