A day after gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was brought back to the state from prison in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Swarup Shukla on Thursday said jailed parliamentarian and strongman Atiq Ahmad is next.

The five-time legislature and one-time MP Atiq Ahmad, now over 60, has more than 90 criminal cases, including murder, abduction, illegal mining, extortion, intimidation, and fraud against him. He is lodged in a prison in Gujarat. He was shifted there from Uttar Pradesh in the direction of the Supreme Court in 2019.

“The Uttar Pradesh government succeeded in bringing back Mukhtar Ansari despite several tricks by the Punjab government. Now we will try to bring Atiq Ahmad back from Gujarat”, Shukla told the reporters.

It is the duty of the state government to bring back such criminals to UP as they have to be punished for their crimes, he said.

Already a number of Ahmad’s lavish bungalows in Allahabad have been bulldozed. The UP government brought Ansari back from the Ropar prison in Punjab to Banda jail on 8 April.

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