3 UP police teams leave for Punjab to take Mukhtar Ansari’s custody | Lucknow News – Times of India

LUCKNOW/JHANSI/CHANDIGARH: Three teams of Banda police on Monday took different routes for Punjab to secure the custody of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who is currently lodged in Ropar jail.
Once the police teams reach Punjab, senior officers will take a call on the route to be taken to bring Mukhtar back to Uttar Pradesh.
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Punjab’s prison minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said Ansari would not be given any special treatment and he would be handed over to the UP police like other criminals. He, however, did not say why the gangster was kept in Punjab jails for two years and the UP government had to move to the Supreme Court to get his custody even though he faces several cases there.
A police contingent comprising PAC jawans, an ambulance with a team of doctors, pharmacist and paramedics from Banda district hospital, a GPS-enabled VajraVahan and three police jeeps will bring Mukhtar to UP, possibly by Wednesday.
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According to reports, at least 50 policemen have been sent to Punjab though senior officials pegged the figure at 20-30.
“Three different routes are being taken by police teams to reach Ropar jail. After all the teams reach there and take Mukhtar in their custody, ADG, Prayagraj zone, Prem Prakash will assess the situation and finalise the most suitable route,” a senior official said, adding that the teams were expected to reach Punjab on Tuesday.
ADG, Prayagraj zone, Prem Prakash told TOI that all safety and security measures were being taken according to rules and directions issued by the Supreme Court.
ADG, law and order, Prashant Kumar said, “Mukhtar Ansari hails from Ghazipur district and is a history-sheeter from Mehmoodabad police station with 52 cases in his name. Of these, 15 are pending in the court. Efforts will be made by the prosecution and the police to expedite all pending cases against him and ensure that conviction is achieved.”

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