After spending over two years in a Punjab jail, gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was introduced again to Banda jail early on Wednesday morning.
He was ferried in an ambulance guarded by a robust posse of gun-toting safety personnel all through his 900-km journey from Rupnagar to this Uttar Pradesh city within the Bundelkhand area.
Acting on a Supreme Court 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 verify up.
Once the convoy entered the state on Tuesday night, the fleet of safety autos of the Uttar Pradesh Police, which included an ambulance geared up with all life-saving tools 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.
Before the convoy entered Banda jail at 4.30 am, it slowed down close to Kanpur Dehat as some stray animals blocked the street alongside a patch of thick forest. Apart from the ambulance, three police autos additionally entered the Banda jail premises.
At 1.30 am, the police convoy by which Mukhtar Ansari was transferring, was stopped for someday in Satti police station space.
As anxious reporters ran to the policemen and sought the explanations for the sudden stoppage from them, no response was given, and the policemen on the spot tried to evade the questions posed by reporters.
Later, SO of Satti police station Kapil Dubey advised PTI, “Mukhtar used toilet in the Satti police station premises to attend nature”s call. He stayed inside the police station for almost 5 minutes.”
Before this, round 1.10 am, the convoy got here to a halt on the street between Bhognipur and Ghatampur as a consequence of some stray animals.
Initially, the pace of the autos was diminished, then the autos have been stopped, and native police eliminated the stray animals, following which the convoy resumed its journey.
While heavy safety association have been made by the Punjab Police exterior Rupnagar jail, the Banda jail space seemed like a cantonment zone with policemen maintaining a hawk-eyed vigil throughout.
The police convoy entered Uttar Pradesh by way of the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Baghpat round 6.00 pm, Allahabad zone Additional Director General of Police Prem Prakash advised PTI.
The Uttar Pradesh crew had reached Rupnagar police traces 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 facet gate, dodging mediapersons ready exterior the principle gate. As the convoy took the Ambala street, 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 previously earlier than being shifted to Punjab. Additional police pressure has been deployed on the jail on the request of jail authorities.
He can be guarded by three safety personnel round the clock contained in the barrack.
“Security personnel have been posted inside as well as outside the jail premises,” Banda jailor Pramod Tiwari stated.
“In barrack number 15, where Ansari will be kept, arrangements for light, drinking water and cleanliness have been increased,” he stated.
Mr Tiwari stated entry to the barrack has now been denied to different jail inmates.
The predominant jail advanced gate, which typically stays open, will now be saved closed. Only these jail employees reporting for responsibility can be allowed in after correct screening, he added.
High towers have been put up exterior the jail and additional police pickets have additionally been set as much as maintain a watch on each customer.
Meanwhile, principal of Government Medical College, Banda, Dr Mukesh Kumar Yadav stated a panel of 4 docs has been constituted on the highest courtroom’s instructions to watch Ansari’s well being.
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 instances 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 defending 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 Court order that had set a two-week deadline.
The prime courtroom had famous that Ansari was allegedly concerned in instances of homicide, try and homicide, dishonest and conspiracy, aside from offences below the Gangsters Act.
It stated his custody was being denied to the Uttar Pradesh Police on trivial grounds below the guise of medical points.
The Supreme Court additionally stated a convict or an undertrial who disobeys the legislation of the land can’t 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 Court looking for instructions to the state authorities to make sure his security, together with from a police encounter.
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