Raju Pal was an Indian politician. He became a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh on a ticket from the Samajwadi Party (SP) in 2004. In 2005, he was shot dead in the Sulem Sarai area of Allahabad (now Prayagraj), Uttar Pradesh.
Raju Pal Bio
Raju Pal was born and grew up in Allahabad (now Prayagraj), Uttar Pradesh.
There is not much information about his parents and siblings.
Raju Pal was married to Puja Pal (also spelt as Pooja Pal).
Raju Pal entered politics in 2002 by contesting in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections on a ticket from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). He lost the seat to the gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed. In November 2004, Raju won the by-election, defeating Atiq Ahmed’s younger brother Ashraf alias Khalid Azim, who represented the Allahabad West constituency on a ticket from the Samajwadi Party (SP).
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When Raju Pal defeated Ashraf in 2004 by-election, he eventually became a threat to the political careers of Ashraf and Atiq Ahmed. The political rivalry somehow turned into a personal rivalry. On 25 January 2005, while Raju Pal was going home from Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital, Allahabad, a car overtook his Qualis car.
Raju was attacked by a group of gangsters in the Sulem Sarai area. According to sources, he was hit by around 18 bullets and two people, Sandeep Yadav and Devi Lal, who were with him were also shot dead. Assailants fired on another car, which belonged to Raju Pal, resulting in injuring three other people named Ruksana, Saif alias Saifulla, and Om Prakash Pal.
The murder was a sensational case that garnered national attention, and Atiq was accused of being the mastermind behind it.
- Raju Pal got married to Puja around eleven days before his murder.
- Atiq’s younger brother Ashraf is claimed to be the main mastermind behind Raju’s murder.
- On 24 February 2023, Raju Pal’s murder case again came to the limelight when the key witness of his murder Umesh Pal was murdered near his house in Dhoomanganj’s Sulem Saray locality of Uttar Pradesh. According to sources, Raju was attacked by the goons of Atiq Ahmed. Reportedly, assailants hurled crude bombs at Umesh Pal and his two gunners.