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Asad Ahmed, an alleged gangster and aide of Atiq Ahmed, was killed in a police encounter in Uttar Pradesh
– Atiq Ahmed is a former Member of Parliament and a notorious gangster who has been in jail since 2017.
Asad Ahmed had over a dozen criminal cases registered against him
He was also a suspect in the murder of a local journalist.
The police claim that Asad Ahmed fired at them first, which led to the encounter.
However, the encounter has raised questions about the use of extrajudicial killings by the police.
Many activists and human rights organizations have condemned the encounter
The encounter comes at a time when encounters in the state of Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh has reported the highest number of encounters in the country
Critics allege that encounters are being used as a means to bypass the legal system