After spending over two years in a Punjab jail, gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was introduced again to Banda jail early 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. 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 deliver 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 tools to satisfy any exigency en path to Banda, a journey that takes round 14 hours from Ropar, and an anti-riot police automobile ‘Vajra’ whizzed previous the newly-laid expressways.
Earlier than the convoy entered Banda jail at four.30 am, it slowed down close to Kanpur Dehat as some stray animals blocked the street together with a patch of thick forest.
Whereas heavy safety association was 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 Jap Peripheral Expressway in Baghpat round 6.00 pm, Allahabad zone Further Director Normal of Police Prem Prakash stated.
The Uttar Pradesh group had reached Rupnagar police strains at four.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 media individuals ready exterior the primary gate. Because 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. The extra police power has been deployed on the jail on the request of jail authorities.
He shall be guarded by three safety personnel round the clock contained in the barrack.
“Safety personnel have been posted inside in addition to exterior the jail premises,” Banda jailor Pramod Tiwari stated.
“In barrack quantity 15, the place Ansari shall be saved, preparations for mild, ingesting water and cleanliness have been beefed up,” he stated.
Tiwari stated entry to the barrack has now been denied to different jail inmates.
The primary jail complicated gate, which typically stays open, will now be saved closed. Solely these jail employees reporting for obligation shall be allowed in after correct screening, he added.
Excessive towers have been put up exterior the jail and additional 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 stated a panel of 4 docs has been constituted on the apex 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 jap 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 residence division had requested the Uttar Pradesh authorities to take Ansari’s custody by April eight, 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, 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 SC 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 Courtroom searching for instructions to the state authorities to make sure his security, together with from a police encounter.
(With PTI inputs)