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MUKHTAR ANSARI, POLITICIAN TURNED TO GANGSTER, UP ALLEGED PUNJAB OF SAVING A TERRORIST

Mukhtar Ansari is a gangster turned politician. The people voted him an MLA from Mau, five times and a member of Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) who is facing various charges of heinous crimes against him including, attempt to murder, murder, cheating and conspiracy apart from offences under the Gangsters Act.

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PUNJAB SHIELDING ANSARI, A TERRORIST CLAIMED BJP-LED GOVERNMENT:

The BJP led government, in Uttar Pradesh, accused the Congress-led government in Punjab, is protecting Ansari, by not letting Uttar Pradesh take custody. Also, the government of Punjab that is not willing to transfer Ansari, was one issue taken up by the Supreme Court.

SUPREME COURT STANDS TO SUPPORT UP:

The action was taken when Supreme Court directed the Punjab government on the 26th of March, to head over custody of Mukhtar Ansari to Uttar Pradesh Police. Officials at the Central jail in Punjab’s Ropar handed over the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mau MLA to the police team from UP’s Banda, led by a deputy superintendent of police Satya Prakash, after a team of doctors examined Ansari. However, Ansari has also filed a petition seeking transfer of his cases in U.P. to outside the State, had submitted that because of his political affiliation to a party in opposition, he is being targeted. But the Supreme Court declined his plea.

On 6th April, they ferried him in a GPS-enabled Vajra Vahan, an anti-riot vehicle guarded by a strong posse of gun-toting security personnel throughout his 900-km journey. Six police vans accompanied him on the way. According to sources, the police team included a deputy SP rank officer, two inspectors, six sub-inspectors, 20 head constables, 30 constables, one unit of PAC, and an ambulance. Further, the team was equipped with specialized weapons and bulletproof jackets.

ANSARI’S WIFE SUSPECTS MURDER:

Ansari’s wife, however, refuted the claims and wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind, expressing fears they might kill him in a fake encounter while being transferred from Punjab to Uttar Pradesh following the Supreme Court direction.

ANSARI’S BROTHER SUSPECTS POLITICAL MOTIVATION:

His brother, BSP MP from Ghazipur, Afzal Ansari, was quoted as saying by PTI: “To divert attention from the life threat to Mukhtar, BJP government is making wheelchair and ambulance as an issue. If the BJP is making Mukhtar Ansari's (2022) election agenda, we and our supporters will also make vindictive action of the government against their family an issue.”

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