Directorate ( ED ) on Widnes Lucknow : The Enforcement day conducted fresh searches in Uttar Pradesh as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation against gangster – turned – politician Atif Ahmad and those linked to him , sources said .
The raids are being carried out at a dozen locations , including Prayagraj and its adjoining areas , they said .
Ahmad is expected to reach Prayagraj from the Sa basmati Jail in Gujarat for his production in a local court in connection with the Umesh Pal murder case .
He is being brought by a Uttar Pradesh Police team by road Pal and his two police security guards were shot dead outside his home in Praia gram’s Dhoomanganj area on February 24 this year .
Based on a complaint lodged by Pal’s wife , a case was registered on February 25 against Ahmad , his brother Ashraf , wife Shasta Parveen , two sons , aides Gundu Muslim and Ghulam , and nine others .
The Uttar Pradesh Police had on March 26 also taken Ahmad from the Sabarmati Jail to Prayagraj to produce him in a court .
In 2021 , the ED had at taches assets worth over R 8 crore of Ahmad and his wife as part of the money launder in investigation against them . It had conducted some searches at that time too .
The agency had said its probe found that ” Ahmad , through criminal activities , used to earn dirty money in cash and it was deposited / placed in his and his relative’s bank accounts ” .
” It has also been noticed by ED that funds are being credited in their accounts from various firms and com ponies being run by his aides , ” it said .