The Punjab government has finally given in to the pressure mounted by the Yogi Adityanath government to hand over custody of mafia don turned politician Mukhtar Ansari back to Uttar Pradesh.

In a letter to the state government, the Additional Chief Secretary Department of Home Affairs and Justice, Punjab government said that custody of under-trial prisoner Mukhtar Ansari will be handed over to the Uttar Pradesh government before April 8 in compliance with the Supreme Court order dated March 26.

The Punjab government has requested the Uttar Pradesh Home Department to make ‘suitable arrangements for the transfer of the under-trial prisoner Mukhtar Ansari in view of his medical conditions and security reasons from Ropar Jail to Banda Jail in U.P.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened further at the Banda Jail in view of shifting of the mafia don amid his bulletproof luxury Ambulance controversy. Two more Police posts have been set up at the main gate of the Banda Jail and a high-secured barrack has been vacated to lodge the gangster there.

The Supreme Court order dated March 26 has also reached the MP-MLA Court in Prayagraj were about 40 cases against the mafia don are pending. The MP-MLA Court is the competent authority to decide where to lodge Mukhtar Ansari.

Meanwhile, Akali Dal accuses Punjab CP of protecting Mukhtar Ansari as Court junks medical exam plea. Akali Dal on Friday said that it was unfortunate that the Amrinder Singh government was ‘protecting gangster Ansari.’

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