Banda (UP), April 7
After spending over two years in a Punjab prison, gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was brought back to Banda jail early on Wednesday morning.
He was ferried in an ambulance guarded by a powerful posse of gun-toting safety personnel all through his 900-km journey from Ropar to this Uttar Pradesh city within the Bundelkhand area.
Acting on a Supreme Court order, Uttar Pradesh Police took custody of the 57-year-old BSP MLA at Ropar jail on Tuesday to deliver him back to Banda prison. It took round two hours to full the formalities earlier than he was handed over to UP Police after a medical check-up.
Once the convoy entered the state on Tuesday night, the fleet of safety autos of Uttar Pradesh Police, which included an ambulance outfitted with all life-saving tools to meet any exigency en route to Banda, a journey that takes round 14 hours from Ropar, and an anti-riot police automobile ‘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 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 answer nature’s call. He stayed inside the police station for almost five minutes.”
Before this, round 1.10 am, the convoy got here to a halt on the street between Bhognipur and Ghatampur due to stray animals. Initially, the velocity of the autos was decreased, then the autos had been stopped, and native police eliminated the stray animals, following which the convoy resumed its journey.
While heavy safety preparations had been made by Punjab Police exterior Ropar jail, the Banda prison space regarded like a cantonment zone with policemen protecting a hawk-eyed vigil throughout.
The police convoy entered Uttar Pradesh by the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Baghpat round 6 pm, Allahabad zone Additional Director General of Police Prem Prakash advised PTI.
The Uttar Pradesh crew had reached Ropar 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 aspect 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 up to now earlier than being shifted to Punjab. Additional police pressure has been deployed on the jail on the request of prison 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 made,” he stated.
Tiwari stated entry to the barrack had now been denied to different jail inmates.
The fundamental prison complicated gate, which usually 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 further police pickets have additionally been arrange to hold a watch on each customer.
Meanwhile, principal of Government Medical College, Banda, Dr Mukesh Kumar Yadav, stated a panel of 4 docs had been constituted on the apex courtroom’s instructions to monitor Ansari’s well being.
Ansari was lodged in Ropar jail in January 2019 in reference to an extortion case.
The legislator from Mau in japanese Uttar Pradesh faces 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 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 apex courtroom had famous that Ansari was allegedly concerned in circumstances of homicide, try to homicide, dishonest and conspiracy, aside from offences below the Gangsters Act.
It stated his custody was being denied to Uttar Pradesh Police on trivial grounds below the guise of medical points. PTI