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.
Appearing on a Supreme Court docket 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 examine up.
As soon as the convoy entered the state on Tuesday night, the fleet of safety automobiles 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 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 street alongside a patch of thick forest. Other than the ambulance, three police automobiles additionally entered the Banda jail premises.
At 1.30 am, the police convoy during 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 informed PTI, “Mukhtar used rest room within the Satti police station premises to attend nature’s name. He stayed contained in the police station for nearly 5 minutes.”
Earlier than this, round 1.10 am, the convoy got here to a halt on the street between Bhognipur and Ghatampur because of some stray animals.
Initially, the pace of the automobiles was lowered, then the automobiles had been stopped, and native police eliminated the stray animals, following which the convoy resumed its journey.
Whereas heavy safety association had been made by the Punjab Police exterior Rupnagar jail, the Banda jail space seemed like a cantonment zone with policemen protecting a hawk-eyed vigil throughout.
The police convoy entered Uttar Pradesh by the Japanese Peripheral Expressway in Baghpat round 6.00 pm, Allahabad zone?Further Director Normal of Police Prem Prakash informed PTI.
The Uttar Pradesh staff 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 facet gate, dodging mediapersons ready exterior the primary gate. Because the convoy took the Ambala street, some media automobiles 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. Further police drive 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.
“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 can be saved, preparations for gentle, consuming 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 usually stays open, will now be saved closed. Solely these jail workers reporting for obligation can 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 hold a watch on each customer.
In the meantime, principal of Authorities Medical School, Banda, Dr Mukesh Kumar Yadav stated a panel of 4 medical doctors 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 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 house division had requested the Uttar Pradesh authorities to take Ansari’s custody by April 8, following the March 26?Supreme Court docket order that had set a two-week deadline.
The apex 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 SC additionally stated 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 Court docket looking for instructions to?the state authorities to make sure his security, together with from a police encounter.