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Former Indian politician shot dead on live TV

Atiq Ahmed (right) and his brother Ashraf moments before their death. Photo: BBC

A former Indian Politician, Atiq Ahmed and his brother have been killed on live television.

Ahmed who was under police escort, was talking to reporters when a gun was pulled close to his head in Prayagraj, also known as Allahabad.

After the shots were fired on Saturday night, three men who had been posing as journalists quickly surrendered and were taken into custody.

Ahmed’s teenage son, Asad was shot dead by police earlier in the week.

Dozens of cases, including kidnapping, murder and extortion, were registered against Atiq Ahmed over the past two decades.

BBC reports that a local court sentenced him and two others to life in jail in March in a kidnapping case.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu