PRAYAGRAJ: In the ongoing crackdown against jailed mafia don-turned- politician Atiq Ahmad’s assets accumulated through illegal means, a joint team of district police, administration and revenue department on Wednesday attached his two prime properties worth Rs 123.28 crore under the Gangster Act.
This was the biggest property attachment exercise carried out by the district police against Atiq in Prayagraj district in the past four years, officials said. The properties, located at Havelia, Jhunsi under the limits of Phulpur tehsil of Prayagraj district, are valued at around Rs 123.28 crore and are spread over around 2.9860 hectares (plot no. 80), they added.
With this action, Prayagraj police on Wednesday claimed to have attached/seized properties worth more than Rs 1,120 crore belonging to Atiq, his family members and eight key associates in Prayagraj and other districts of the state.
Forces of 5 police stations deployed during property attachment exercise
Senior superintendent of police (Prayagraj) Shailesh Kumar Pandey told TOI: “The district police after checking and verifying records and subsequent investigations, came to know about two prime properties of jailed maifa Atiq Ahmad that he had initially purchased in the name of his father late Haji Firoz and uncle Usman Ahmad.”
These two prime properties of around 1.8260 hectare and 1.1300 hectare in village Havelia, Jhunsi in Phulpur tehsil were also accumulated through illegal means in the name of Atiq.
After the order of district magistrate, a joint police force comprising SP (City), SDM (Phulpur), CO (Civil Lines), Inspector (Dhoomanganj and Puramufti) along with revenue department officials first conducted public announcement at the spot and later attached the properties. They also installed a board pertaining to attachment of the property at the site, the SSP added.
The entire exercise was conducted amidst tight security. Forces of five police stations were deployed during the property attachment exercise.
The police also restricted the movement of locals towards the site during the exercise conducted under section 14 (1) of the Gangster Act.
Police claimed that Atiq, kingpin of interstate 227 gang, has a total of 100 cases registered against him in different police stations of the state. He is currently lodged at Sabarmati jail of Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
The SSP said: “Cops have compiled information about other properties of Atiq and his henchmen in other districts and are chalking out plans to take similar action as these properties have been accumulated through illegal means. A dedicated team of Prayagraj police officers is working overtime for further action.”

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