After spending greater than two years in Punjab’s Rupnagar jail, gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, 57, was introduced again to Banda jail in Uttar Pradesh (UP) early Wednesday by highway. Ansari’s return to Banda jail was in compliance with a March 26 Supreme Court order directing his switch to UP the place he faces trials in a number of prison circumstances.

The almost 840 kilometre highway journey took a bit over 14 hours with Ansari, a 5 time period MLA, in an ambulance that was a part of the motorcade comprising GPS-enabled Vajra anti-riot car, and gun-toting safety personnel. About 100 policemen, together with two deputy superintendents of police, and 6 sub inspectors, escorted the Bahujan Samaj Party MLA from Mau.

The motorcade made solely two stoppages in Agra – the place drivers had been modified – after which briefly in Satti in Kanpur.

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According to Banda circle officer (CO) Banda Rakesh Singh, solely the ambulance carrying Ansari and one other car had been allowed to go contained in the closely guarded jail gates.

Banda jail superintendent PK Tripathi stated Ansari has been evaded others in barrack quantity 15. He stated safety workers round Ansari can be sporting physique worn cameras.

Before being shifted out to Punjab jail two years in the past, Ansari was lodged on this jail. While he was served meals from outdoors then, this time, for safety and medical causes, he can be served jail meals, jail officers stated.

Earlier new CCTV cameras had been put in in Banda jail. “All the 19 cameras inside the jail have been changed or repaired,” a jail workers stated, including that strict watch was being stored on all guests.

A day in the past, Ansari’s spouse, Afshan Ansari, approached the Supreme Court, in search of a path to the UP Police to “not kill” her husband in a pretend encounter and permit him to face a “free and fair trial”. She pleaded that Ansari be offered safety additionally throughout his transportation to court docket for trial proceedings. Her plea is prone to come up for listening to inside every week or so. (With company inputs)

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