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Don Mukhtar Ansari, 12 others booked under Gangster Act in connection with UP’s ambulance case

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lucknow: In a significant development, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday registered a case against former BSP MLA and jailed mafia don Mukhtar Ansari under the Gangster Act. According to the details, 12 other associates of Ansari have also been booked by the police in connection with the case related to the use of an ambulance which was used to transport Ansari to and from the Punjab jail.

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Confirming the development, Aatish Kumar, CO, City Barabanki said, “Further investigation is underway in this case.’’

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Meanwhile, Mukhtar Ansari was taken out of Banda jail early Monday morning in an ambulance and is being brought to Lucknow by road for court hearing, amidst tight security. He was earlier brought back from Ropar in Punjab, following which he was lodged in the Banda jail.

The ambulance case pertains to the alleged use of fake documents to register an ambulance that was used to ferry Mukhtar Ansari from Ropar jail to a court in Mohali. The UP Police began an inquiry into the ambulance in March 2021 after it came to light that the vehicle was carrying the registration number of Barabanki.

Twelve people from Mau, Ghazipur, Lucknow and Prayagraj have been named in the case related to the use of an ambulance which was used to transport Ansari to and from the Punjab jail.

Mukhtar Ansari is being shifted to the Lucknow jail for court hearing

Mukhtar Ansari is also being shifted to the Lucknow jail, a year after he was brought back from Ropar in Punjab and lodged in the Banda jail. Mukhtar was taken out of Banda jail early Monday morning in an ambulance and is being brought to Lucknow by road amidst tight security.

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His son and newly-elected MLA, Abbas Bin Mukhtar Ansari said that he feared that his father may be harmed in transit. “I do not understand why this shifting without any prior information. We came to know that preparations for shifting my father to Lucknow began late on Sunday night,” he said.

Mukhtar Ansari is facing more than 50 criminal cases not just in Uttar Pradesh but other states as well. The former Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) MLA is a history-sheeter and has been shifting from various jails in Ropar, Ghazipur, Mau, Agra, Lucknow over extortion charges. Ansari is currently lodged at Banda district jail after he was transferred from Punjab on the Supreme Court’s order.

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