A purported video of slain gangster Atiq Ahmed’s aide Guddu Muslim, who is an accused in the Umesh Pal murder case, claiming his presence in Odisha’s Bargarh was aired by several national media.
Soon several regional media also aired the CCTV footage and the images went viral. However, initially, there was no confirmation whether the person seen in the video is the dreaded criminal or not.
In the CCTV footage, a person is seen walking into a building. The CCTV clip is reported to be from April 11, 2023. However, the location of the CCTV camera is not clear.
Later in the day, a man identified as Hamid Mohammad of Sohela in Odisha claimed that the person seen in the CCTV video was not Guddu Muslim.
Hamid said that the person seen in the footage was himself and it was captured while he was on his way to offer Namaz.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh STF had come to Bargarh after it emerged that Guddu Muslim had stayed here for nearly 12 days after a brief stay in Puri.
Guddu Muslim also left behind a bag in Bargarh. Apart from Odisha, Guddu Muslim travelled to places like Meerut, Ajmer, Jhansi, Nashik, and Pune. He was frequently changing locations to avoid suspicion and deceive the Special Task Force (STF).
It was earlier said that Raja Khan had links with the Uttar Pradesh gangster who is on the run. Raja Khan had also come under scanner after his alleged links with BJD leaders were claimed by the BJP.
Commenting on the issue of the link between the most wanted criminal Guddu Muslim and Raja Khan, SP of Mahasamund in Chhattisgarh, Dharmendra Singh Chawai had earlier said, “Raja Khan belongs to Mahasamund area, and three cases were registered against him.”
According to the senior police officer, Raja Khan has been staying at Sohela in Bargarh district for the past four years.