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Uttar Pradesh Police get Mukhtar Ansari’s custody, heads to Banda jail

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Amid tight security, gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator from Mau wanted in heinous crimes, was handed over to Uttar Pradesh Police by its Punjab counterparts for taking him back to a jail in Banda district by road, officials said on Tuesday.

After covering some 900-km road stretch in over 16 hours, a 100-strong armed contingent of Uttar Pradesh Police, headed by a Deputy Superintendent, on Monday reached the Central Jail in Punjab’s Ropar town, some 60 km from the state capital, where Ansari was lodged for two years and two months in an extortion and criminal intimidation case.

“Mukhtar Ansari was handed over to Uttar Pradesh Police after completing all legal and medical formalities. He has been taken to the Banda jail in an ambulance under a heavy security cover,” a senior police official told IANS here.

A medical check-up of Ansari, comprising a coronavirus test, was done before handing over to the Uttar Pradesh police.

Punjab Police brought five-time legislator Ansari in 2019 from the Banda jail on a production warrant in an extortion case relating to a builder of Mohali town. Since then he had been lodged in the Ropar jail.

The Supreme Court had on March 26 asked the Punjab government to hand over Ansari to Uttar Pradesh Police within two weeks, ignoring pleas of the former.

The Punjab government had written to the Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) on April 3 to make suitable arrangements for handing over Ansari to the police before April 8.

Interestingly, Ansari was produced on a wheel-chair in a Mohali court near here last week in the extortion and criminal intimidation case. He was brought to the court in a bullet-proof ambulance registered in Uttar Pradesh, whose documents were later found fake.

The ambulance later was found abandoned on the Chandigarh-Nangal highway.

Justifying the use of ambulance, a Punjab Police official told the media that a jail inmate could be transported in a private ambulance on medical grounds and the cost of the vehicle has to be borne by the prisoner.

The opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had accused the state government of giving ‘political shelter’ to Ansari by keeping him in the Ropar jail as a ‘state guest’ on a frivolous charge.

As per the police, Ansari has over 50 criminal cases against him, including those related to murder and kidnapping.

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Firing at Delhi Court, undertrial among 3 dead

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 Three people were killed, including an undertrial gangster in a firing incident inside the Rohini Court here on Friday in a major security breach.

According to sources, the incident took place at the Rohini NDPS Court No. 207. Delhi Police Special Cell-nabbed gangster Jitender Singh Mann, alias Gogi, was being presented in the court. Gogi was shot dead by his rivals. Sources confirmed that the attackers were from Tilu Tajpuria gang.

Gogi was arrested by the special cell in April. He was involved in the killing of Haryana-based singer 22-year-old Harshita Dahiya, who was gunned down by assailants in 2017 in Panipat. Gogi carried a cash reward of Rs 4 lakh in Delhi and Rs 2.5 lakh in Haryana.

Confirming the incident, a Delhi Police spokesperson said a police team took swift action and launched counter firing. Two of the assailants were in lawyers attire and attacked the undertrial Jitender Gogi. “Both assailants died along with Gogi,” the spokesperson said.

“They killed Gogi and the cops shot them dead,” sources said adding that the Judge was present in the court at the time of the incident. A woman lawyer was also injured during the firing.

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana also confirmed that the attackers have been neutralized.

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Minor Girl Gangraped in Dombivli, 21 Accused Arrested

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In a shocking incident, a case has been registered against 29 people for allegedly raping a 14 years old girl in dombivali. Additional commissioner of police informed that 21 people have been arrested while other two detained accused are minors. Police are on the look out for remaining six.

The main accused is said to be a friend of the victim who had first raped the girl in January and made a video of the same. Later, The same video using other accused blackmail the girl and raped her on several occasions at different places including Dombivali, Rabale, Badlapur and Murbad.

On Wednesday night victim approached the police after which gang rape case was registered under Indian Penal Code Section 376(rape) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The officer said the police team was looking for the culprit and did not give any further details of the case.

In a shocking incident, a case has been registered against 29 people for allegedly raping a 14 years old girl in dombivali. Additional commissioner of police informed that 21 people have been arrested while the other two detained accused are minors. Police are on the lookout for the remaining six.

The main accused is said to be a friend of the victim who had first raped the girl in January and made a video of the same. Later, The same video using other accused blackmail the girl and raped her on several occasions at different places including Dombivali, Rabale, Badlapur and Murbad.

On Wednesday night victim approached the police after which gang rape case was registered under Indian Penal Code Section 376(rape) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The officer said the police team was looking for the culprit and did not give any further details of the case.

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Uttar Pradesh ATS arrests Islamic scholar in conversion racket

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 The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Wednesday arrested Islamic scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui from Meerut on charges of religious conversation.

His name emerged during the investigation into the Umar Gautam case.

Umar Gautam was jailed in June after the Uttar Pradesh Police rounded him up for allegedly running a conversion racket.

The 64-year-old Islamic scholar was on the radar of security agencies due to suspicious activities. He was picked up as soon as he arrived in Meerut late Tuesday night. He is currently being interrogated by the police.

According to the ATS spokesman, Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui is a resident of Phulat in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar.

Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General (Law and Order), Prashant Kumar, said “Investigation shows that Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui’s trust received Rs 3 crore in foreign funding including Rs 1.5 crore from Bahrain. Six teams of ATS have been formed to investigate this case.”

Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi and Mohammad Umar Gautam were arrested in June from Delhi’s Jamia Nagar area for trying to convert deaf students and poor people to Islam, with alleged funding from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

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