30 Mar 2024

Tight Security Surrounds Funeral of Gangster-Politician Mukhtar Ansari

Ghazipur: Today, amidst tight security measures, the funeral rites of Mukhtar Ansari, the infamous figure known for his dual role as a gangster and politician, are scheduled to take place in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh. 

The journey of his body, which covered a 400-kilometer route from the Rani Durgavati Medical College in Banda district following the completion of the postmortem examination, saw a convoy of 26 vehicles, prominently including 24 police vehicles and the ambulance carrying Ansari's remains, passing through districts like Prayagraj, Bhadohi, Kaushambi, and Varanasi before reaching Ghazipur, where Ansari's legacy holds both fear and reverence.

Inside the ambulance, accompanying the remains were Ansari's sons Umar and Abbas Ansari, the latter's wife, and two cousins. The meticulously planned route by the UP government aimed to address security concerns arising from Ansari's notorious past and the sensitive circumstances surrounding his demise.

The Ansari family has designated the family graveyard in Mohammadabad's Kali Bagh as Ansari's final resting place, where heavy security measures have been deployed in anticipation of the funeral.

Family's Allegations

Controversy shrouds Ansari's death despite the extensive security arrangements. His family has alleged that he fell victim to "slow poisoning" during his time in incarceration. However, a postmortem examination conducted by a panel of five doctors at Rani Durgavati Medical College confirmed that Ansari, aged 68, succumbed to a heart attack. His family further claimed they were not directly informed about his demise but instead learned about it through the media.

Ansari's life was a tapestry of controversies and legal entanglements. In April 2023, he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai. Additionally, earlier this month, he received a life sentence for his involvement in acquiring an arms license through forged documents.

Criminal Record

Ansari's encounters with law enforcement commenced at the tender age of 15, marking the inception of a criminal record that burgeoned with time, tallying a staggering 65 cases against him, encompassing charges ranging from murder to extortion.

Nevertheless, Ansari's criminal notoriety did not impede his foray into politics. He managed to secure five terms as an MLA in UP, representing various political parties. Despite his escalating criminal graph, Ansari continued to wield significant political influence, even founding his own party, Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED), and clinching electoral victories. However, his criminal pursuits eventually caught up with him, resulting in numerous convictions and ongoing legal battles across various courts.

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