Mukhtar Ansari, the gangster-turned-politician, introduced again to Banda jail from Punjab jail | Uttar Pradesh Information
Banda: After spending over two years in a Punjab jail, gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was introduced again to Banda jail within the wee hours of Wednesday.
Ansari was ferried in an ambulance guarded by a powerful posse of gun-toting safety personnel all through his 900-km journey from Rupnagar to this Uttar Pradesh city within the Bundelkhand area.
Performing on a Supreme Courtroom order, the Uttar Pradesh Police took custody of the 57-year-old BSP MLA at Rupnagar jail on Tuesday to carry him again to Banda jail. It took round two hours to finish the formalities earlier than he was handed over to the UP Police after a medical check-up.
As soon as the convoy entered the state on Tuesday night, the fleet of safety autos of the Uttar Pradesh Police, which included an ambulance outfitted with all life-saving gear to satisfy any exigency en path to Banda, a journey that takes round 14 hours from Ropar, and an anti-riot police car ‘Vajra’ whizzed previous the newly-laid expressways.
Earlier than the convoy entered Banda jail at 4.30 AM, it slowed down close to Kanpur Dehat as some stray animals blocked the highway alongside a patch of thick forest. Whereas heavy safety association was made by the Punjab Police outdoors Rupnagar jail, the Banda jail space appeared like a cantonment zone with policemen protecting a hawk-eyed vigil throughout.
The police convoy entered Uttar Pradesh by means of the Japanese Peripheral Expressway in Baghpat round 6.00 PM, Allahabad zone Extra Director Common of Police Prem Prakash knowledgeable.
The Uttar Pradesh group had reached Rupnagar police strains at 4.30 am on Tuesday and left for the jail round midday for the switch. The convoy left the jail premises at 2:08 pm taking a aspect gate, dodging mediapersons ready outdoors the primary gate. Because the convoy took the Ambala highway, some media autos gave a chase however quickly gave up.
The five-time MLA will cool his heels in barrack quantity 15 of the Banda district jail, the place he was lodged prior to now earlier than being shifted to Punjab. Extra police drive has been deployed on the jail on the request of jail authorities.
Mukhtar Ansari will likely be guarded by three safety personnel round the clock contained in the barrack. “Safety personnel have been posted inside in addition to outdoors the jail premises,” Banda jailor Pramod Tiwari mentioned.
“In barrack quantity 15, the place Ansari will likely be stored, preparations for gentle, ingesting water and cleanliness have been beefed up,” he mentioned. Tiwari mentioned entry to the barrack has now been denied to different jail inmates. The primary jail advanced gate, which usually stays open, will now be stored closed. Solely these jail workers reporting for obligation will likely be allowed in after correct screening, he added.
Excessive towers have been put up outdoors the jail and further police pickets have additionally been set as much as preserve a watch on each customer. In the meantime, the principal of Authorities Medical School, Banda, Dr Mukesh Kumar Yadav mentioned a panel of 4 medical doctors has been constituted on the apex courtroom’s instructions to observe Ansari’s well being.
Mukhtar Ansari was lodged in Rupnagar jail in January 2019 in reference to an extortion case. The legislator from Mau in japanese Uttar Pradesh is going through 52 circumstances within the state and elsewhere, and 15 of them are within the trial stage.
The BJP-run Uttar Pradesh authorities had accused the Congress authorities in Punjab of protecting Ansari for a number of months by not letting the state take custody. Punjab’s dwelling division had requested the Uttar Pradesh authorities to take Ansari’s custody by April 8, following the March 26 Supreme Courtroom order that had set a two-week deadline.
The apex courtroom had famous that Ansari was allegedly concerned in circumstances of homicide, try to homicide, dishonest and conspiracy, other than offences underneath the Gangsters Act. It mentioned his custody was being denied to the Uttar Pradesh Police on trivial grounds underneath the guise of medical points.
The SC additionally mentioned a convict or an undertrial who disobeys the legislation of the land can not oppose his switch from one jail to a different and the courts can’t be helpless bystanders when the rule of legislation is being challenged with impunity.
As Uttar Pradesh takes cost of the high-profile undertrial, his spouse Afshan Ansari moved the Supreme Courtroom in search of instructions to the state authorities to make sure his security, together with from a police encounter.