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A judicial inquiry has been ordered by Chief Judicial Magistrate Bhagwan Das Gupta into the death of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari who passed away due to cardiac arrest inside a Banda jail on Thursday night. 

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Garima Singh has been appointed as the investigating officer in the matter. She will ensure that the inquiry adheres to the prescribed rules and regulations. 

In addition, a panel of two doctors will also perform his videographed post-mortem at Banda Medical College Hospital before handing over the body to Umar.

His death has sparked allegations of foul play from his family and a high alert across several districts in Uttar Pradesh. Son Umar Ansari claimed his father was “given poison in the food” on March 19, leading to his demise on March 29.

“We have full faith in the judiciary and will move the court over these allegations,” Umar stated. Several politicians including AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav echoed the ‘slow poison’ allegations. 

Ansari’s elder brother Sibgatullah also supported the poisoning claims, alleging the former MLA was unwell for two weeks but denied proper treatment despite alerts being raised repeatedly.

However, former UP Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh refuted the poisoning claims as “absolutely baseless”.  “Accusing that he was being poisoned is a baseless allegation. The situation will become clear after the post-mortem,” Singh told ANI.

The five-time MLA from Mau had a stronghold in his hometown Ghazipur. In April 2023, he was convicted for the murder of BJP’s Krishnanand Rai and got a life term in March 2024 in a case related to forged arms license documents.

As authorities urge calm, Ansari’s family awaits the post-mortem report to decide their next legal course over the alleged poisoning, which the former top cop has termed “baseless”.

Following this, authorities have tightened security in districts like Ghazipur, Mau, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, and Varanasi to maintain law and order.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 29 Mar 2024, 02:32 PM IST

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