Over the past 16 months, in a focused drive against gangsters, the Uttar Pradesh police has seized properties worth Rs 1,128 crore belonging to thousands of gangsters across the State. According to the police, all the seized assets were procured as a result of many earned through illegal means and crimes. It was seized under the provisions of the Gangsters Act. Additional Director general of police (law and order) Prashant Kumar said they had zeroed in on top 25 gangsters in the state and taken action against them.
Prashant Kumar said 244 members from the gang of Mukhtar Ansari, who was lodged in Banda Jail, were put behind the bars and their properties worth Rs 194 crore seized. “As many as 122 gun licenses belonging to aides of Ansari were suspended in the drive,” he said. Similarly, citing action against don Atiq Ahmed, lodged in Sabarmati Jail, properties worth Rs 325 crore of his 60 accomplices were seized, added Kumar. Properties worth Rs 63 crore, belonging to nine accomplices of criminal Sundar Bhati were also seized. Likewise, properties worth Rs 18 crore belonging to 24 members associated with gangster Dhruva Kumar alias Kuntu Singh were seized.
“We have also identified 515 other criminals across the state and got 203 FIRs lodged against them – 300 of them are in jail. We have also the NSA lodged against six of these criminals,” said the senior officer. The ADG mentioned how effective perusal of cases with the help of prosecution led to the conviction of hardened criminals like Sanjeev aka Babloo Srivastava of Lucknow, and Sundar Bhati of Gautam Buddha Nagar. All these had more than 30 cases against them.
Zero tolerance policy against criminals
ADG Prashant Kumar further informed that between January 2020 and April 2021, 5,558 cases under the Gangster Act have been registered against at least 22,259 associates of these 25 notorious gangsters. Additionally, properties worth crores have been confiscated. The tough zero-tolerance approach of the Yogi Government has demoralised these criminals and left them entirely paralyzed. Home department data shows that former MP Atiq Ahmed tops the list followed by Mukhtar Ansari and his aides.