A 150-member team of the Uttar Pradesh Police headed for Punjab on Monday to bring back jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who is facing trial in over a dozen cases.
A150-member team of the Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday left for Punjab to bring back gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, senior police officials said.
On the other hand, Mukhtar Ansari’s family said that they will move the court for ensuring his security in prison as a “conspiracy” may be hatched against him.
Following a March 26 Supreme Court order to transfer Mukhtar Ansari to Banda prison, Punjab’s home department had asked the Uttar Pradesh government to take custody of him from the Rupnagar jail on or before April 8.
PUNJAB GOVT HAD TO BOW BEFORE YOGI GOVT’S COMMITMENT: UP MINISTER
“The process of eliminating the mafia has begun,” Uttar Pradesh minister Sidharth Nath Singh told PTI.
He added that the Punjab government has made every effort to stall the handover of Mukhtar Ansari but it had to “bow before the commitment” of the Yogi Adityanath government.
Singh further said that stringent action will be taken against criminals, irrespective of their religion or caste.
CASES AGAINST MUKHTAR ANSARI
The UP Police said that Mukhtar Ansari is facing 52 cases in UP and elsewhere, and 15 of them are in the trial stage. The BSP MLA from Mau has been lodged in Rupnagar prison since January 2019 in connection with an extortion case.
Police have till now arrested 96 criminals and seized, freed, or demolished property worth Rs 192 crore linked to the MLA and his associates.
MUKHTAR ANSARI TO BE LODGED AT BANDA JAIL
Pramod Tiwari, acting superintendent of the Banda District Jail, said no other prisoner can access Barrack Number-15 where Mukhtar Ansari will be kept.
“Three prison guards will be deployed inside the barrack,” he said.
In its letter, the Punjab Home Department had asked the Uttar Pradesh additional chief secretary (Home) for suitable arrangements to be made for Mukhtar Ansari’s transfer as he suffered from certain medical conditions.
KIN DEMANDS SECURITY
Meanwhile, Mukhtar Ansari’s family members have said that they fear for his life if he is brought to Uttar Pradesh.
His wife Afshan Ansari had even demanded adequate security for him as she feared that he might be “killed in a fake encounter”.
On Monday, Mukhtar Ansari’s brother and BSP MP from Ghazipur, Afzal Ansari expressed apprehension that a ‘conspiracy’ may be hatched against him in UP jail.
“The Ansari family is worried following the media reports and statements made by BJP leaders. However, the Ansari family is not feeling afraid. Justice is still alive in the country. I am confident that justice will prevail and Mukhtar will be proved innocent in all cases,” he said.
The Ghazipur MP said that he is confident that nothing untoward will happen to his brother.
“A conspiracy may be hatched against Mukhtar Ansari in UP jail. We will approach the judiciary on the issue of security for Mukhtar. When a problem is being created by the state government, then there is no option except seeking the shelter of the judiciary,” Afzal Ansari said.
AMBULANCE THAT FERRIED MUKHTAR ANSARI FOUND ABANDONED
Mukhtar Ansari, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA from Mau who is wanted in Uttar Pradesh for various cases, was ferried in an ambulance from the Rupnagar jail to a Mohali court in connection with a 2019 case of extortion.
Ansari had been taken to the court on a wheelchair on Sunday, amid tight security arrangements.
The ambulance was later found abandoned outside a roadside eatery on the Chandigarh-Nangal highway in Punjab’s Rupnagar district, police said on Sunday.
The ambulance is in the custody of the police. A case was registered in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki after the documents of the ambulance were found to be fake, the Uttar Pradesh police had said.
The Uttar Pradesh Police, officials said on Sunday, has set up a special investigation team to further probe into the issue of fake documents of the ambulance.
Source: India Today