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UP Police Takes Custody Of Gangster-Turned-Politician Mukhtar Ansari

UP Police Takes Custody Of Gangster-Turned-Politician Mukhtar Ansari

The Uttar Pradesh Police has said that Mukhtar Ansari is facing 52 cases in UP and elsewhere

Chandigarh:

The Uttar Pradesh Police today took custody of jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari at Punjab's Rupnagar jail to transfer him to a prison in UP's Banda district.

Mukhtar Ansari, an MLA from Mayawati's BSP in Uttar Pradesh's Mau, is facing 52 cases in the state and elsewhere, and 15 of them are in the trial stage.

Punjab Additional Director General of Police (Prisons), Praveen Kumar Sinha, told news agency Press Trust of India that the custody of Mukhtar Ansari has been handed over to the Uttar Pradesh Police.

Mukhtar Ansari, who has been in Punjab's Rupnagar jail since January 2019 in connection with an extortion case, was taken in an ambulance, jail officials said.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Police vehicles, an ambulance and a Vajra reached Rupnagar jail at around noon.

Uttar Pradesh Police personnel reached Rupnagar district today to bring back Mukhtar Ansari.

Heavy security arrangements were made by the Punjab Police outside the Rupnagar jail. Barricades were also put by the police on the road leading to the jail.

The Supreme Court had directed the Punjab government to handover the custody of Mukhtar Ansari to the Uttar Pradesh Police, saying it was being denied on trivial grounds under the guise of medical issues.

It had also said that a convict or an under-trial prisoner, who disobeys the law of the land, cannot oppose his transfer from one prison to another and the courts are not to be helpless bystanders when the rule of law is being challenged with impunity.
 

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