Mukhtar brought to Banda jail after 14-hour journey

BANDA/NEW DELHI, APR 7 (IANS) | Publish Date: 4/7/2021 1:14:43 PM IST

After an arduous journey of more than 14 and a half hours, mafia don and BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari was brought to Banda jail on Wednesday morning.

The convoy bringing Mukhtar reached Banda around 4.30 a.m. and the ambulance carrying the don and three vehicles with senior police officials entered the jail premises.

Vehicles belong to media houses that had been tailing the convoy were stopped at a distance from the jail.

The high voltage drama in bringing Ansari from Ropar in Punjab to Banda in Uttar Pradesh finally ended with the safe shifting of the don to Uttar Pradesh.

Immediately after he was brought to Banda jail, a team of four doctors medically examined him and he was then shifted to the barrack.

Official sources said that the panel of four doctors has been asked to remain on call by the Banda jail.

Earlier, the convoy bringing the don from Punjab was briefly stopped on Tuesday evening at Jewar for refueling and then again at Agra, for change of drivers.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, held a late-night meeting with senior officials to monitor the transfer of the accused which was done under full media glare.

The transfer of Ansari to the UP jail, meanwhile, is being touted as a major victory for the Yogi Adityanath government which has embarked on ‘Mission Mukhtar’ when it began a crackdown in May 2020 against Ansari and his gang.

According to the UP police, Ansari faces 52 cases in the state and elsewhere, and 15 of them are at the trial stage.

The police have, till now, arrested 96 criminals and seized, freed, or demolished property worth Rs 192 crore linked to the BSP MLA and his associates.

Ansari is also the prime accused in the 2005 murder of BJP legislator Krishnanand Rai.

Seventy-two arms licenses linked to him and his accomplices had been suspended and an extortion racket that fed crores of rupees yearly to Ansari and his associates was busted.

The transfer of Mukhtar Ansari had taken a political turn last month when the Yogi Adityanath government told the Supreme Court that the Punjab government was “shamelessly protecting” the legislator by not handing over his custody to face trial “in 10 heinous cases of murder, extortion, cheating, fraud” and “gangster acts” in the special court for MPs and MLAs in Allahabad.

A senior official who spoke to IANS on condition of anonymity, said, “For Mukhtar Ansari, Ropar jail may have been a reformatory but Banda jail will be a jail in the true sense of the term. We will make sure that he gets no extra facilities except those he is entitled to.”

SC to hear on April 9 plea of Mukhtar Ansari’s wife for his protection in UP

The Supreme Court will hear on Friday the plea of the wife of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari seeking directions to the Uttar Pradesh authorities to ensure that her husband’s life is “protected” in the state besides being accorded fair trial in cases against him.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy, as per the apex court’s website, would hear on April 9 the plea of Afshan Ansari, who has also expressed apprehension about possible attempts to eliminate her spouse in Uttar Pradesh. The plea in the apex court has alleged that there is a “genuine, persistent and grave threat” to Ansari’s life in Uttar Pradesh and there are “very high chances” that he will be eliminated if adequate protection or safeguards towards his life are not directed by the apex court.

The plea said several attempts had been made on his life in the past by political rivals.

It sought direction that transit of her husband from one jail to another as also to the court be video-graphed at all times and be carried out in the presence of officers of central police force such as CRPF.



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