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2 Indian Politicians Killed on Live TV While in Police Custody

HeadlineApr 17, 2023

In India, two high-profile politicians were shot and killed on live television Saturday while in police custody in the northern city of Prayagraj. Atiq Ahmed, an organized crime leader who also served in India’s Parliament, was shot in the head, as was his brother, Ashraf Ahmed, a former legislator in Uttar Pradesh state. At the time of the murders, the brothers were being escorted in handcuffs to a hospital for a medical checkup. The assassins were swiftly arrested by police.

Ramit Sharma: “According to primary information, three men came posing as media personnel and started firing. Three people have now been arrested, and they are being interrogated. And Atiq and Ashraf died in this incident.”

Both victims were from India’s Muslim minority. One of the assassins was recorded chanting a slogan popularized by Hindu nationalists in anti-Muslim campaigns.

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