A former Indian politician convicted of kidnapping was shot live on TV by his brother.
Atiq Ahmed, who was under police escort, was speaking to reporters when a gun was fired near his head in Prayagraj, also known as Allahabad.
After the shooting on Saturday evening, three men posing as journalists quickly surrendered and were taken into custody.
Ahmed’s teenage son was shot dead by the police a few days earlier.
Ahmed previously claimed that his life was threatened by the police.
The video showed Ahmed and his brother, Ashraf, both handcuffed, talking to reporters on their way to a medical examination at the hospital seconds before they were both shot dead.
In the video, widely circulated on social media and television channels, Ahmed is asked if he attended his son’s funeral.
His last words on camera are, “They didn’t take us, so we didn’t go.”
The three alleged attackers had arrived at the scene on a motorcycle, police said. A police officer and a journalist were also injured at the scene.
Following the incident on Saturday night, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered a judicial inquiry into the killings and banned large gatherings in Uttar Pradesh districts.
Ahmed, who is a former MP, and his brother were in police custody and had been brought to Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, where Ahmed was facing charges of murder and assault.
Both had been arrested in April in connection with the February killing of Umesh Pal, the main witness to the 2005 killing of Raju Pal, a member of parliament from the regional Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Ahmed was imprisoned in 2019 after being found guilty of kidnapping.
Atiq Ahmed’s son, Asad, and another man, who is wanted in connection with a murder case, were killed by the police earlier this week in what was described as a shootout.
Last month, India’s Supreme Court refused to hear Ahmed’s plea in which he claimed the police were threatening his life.
Uttar Pradesh is ruled by the Hindu nationalist BJP and opposition parties have criticized the killings as a security breach.
“Crime is rampant in UP and criminal spirit is high,” tweeted Akhilesh Yadav, leader of the opposition Samajwadi party, in Hindi.
“When it happens that a person can be killed by being shot openly in the middle of the police protection station, then what about the safety of citizens in general. Because of this, a state of fear is being created among the citizens, it seems that some people are creating that way on purpose. vibe, ” he added.
More than 180 people facing various charges have been killed by the police in the state in the past six years.