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Slain gangster Atiq Ahmed's close associate and dreaded criminal of UP, Guddu Muslim, who has been absconding ever since the death of gangsters turned politicians Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf, was reportedly seeking shelter in Odisha’s Puri.

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Guddu Muslim is among the 10 accused named in the Umesh Pal murder case. Six of them have been killed and Guddu Muslim is among the four others who are currently on the run.

Moreover, Ashraf also had taken the name of Guddu Muslim before his death. 

“Main baat yeh hai ki Guddu Muslim… (the main point is that Guddu Muslim),” these were the last words of Ashraf before he and his brother Atiq were shot dead on Saturday night.

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After the death of the two brothers, UP STF launched a manhunt to nab the remaining absconders and the main focus has shifted to Guddu Muslim. The STF team of UP tracked his last location to Puri, reported national media.

Before arriving in Puri, he was reportedly also seeking shelter in Karnataka. Special teams have been formed to nab the dreaded criminal who is frequently changing places. 

However, Puri SP Kanwar Bishal Singh said, "We do not have any such reports on Guddu Muslim hiding in Puri."

Guddu Muslim is reportedly known as the ‘bomb specialist’ and was a close aide of Atiq. In the Umesh Pal murder, he was seen throwing crude bombs while riding a pillion on a motorcycle.

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