Umar Ansari, son of the incarcerated gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari, has taken his concerns to the Supreme Court, urging action to safeguard his father's well-being. Mukhtar Ansari is currently held in Banda Jail, Uttar Pradesh, facing various criminal charges, including the murder of BJP leader Krishnanand Rai.
In a petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution, Umar Ansari requests the transfer of his father to a prison outside Uttar Pradesh, preferably in a state governed by a political party other than the BJP. The plea emphasizes alleged persecution by the State against Ansari's family and points to credible information suggesting a serious threat to Mukhtar Ansari's life. Umar claims an ongoing conspiracy within the state apparatus to orchestrate his father's assassination in Banda Jail.
The petition sheds light on the murder case of Krishnanand Rai, revealing that four individuals accused in the case have already been killed. It highlights concerns about the involvement of the Special Task Force (STF) in Uttar Pradesh, despite the court's acquittal of all accused persons. Umar Ansari alleges that the ruling administration continues to view them as culprits, with BJP leaders expressing a desire for revenge.
The plea outlines a potential modus operandi for an assassination plot, suggesting that hired killers may be apprehended for minor offenses and brought into close proximity to Mukhtar Ansari within Banda Jail. The son claims this plan could be executed before the 2024 General Elections, with December 2023 as the suggested timeframe, aiming to gain political advantage and exploit the situation for political mileage.
Despite Mukhtar Ansari's wife seeking increased security measures from the Allahabad High Court, Umar argues that existing measures are inadequate. The plea highlights recent incidents in Uttar Pradesh, indicating potential complicity of the state's police authorities in crimes against political figures in custody. It underscores a discernible pattern of custodial killings targeting individuals from the political opposition.
The plea cites specific incidents, including the killing of undertrial Shahnawaz in December 2019, the shooting deaths of Atiq Ahmed and his brother Khalid Azim in April 2023, captured on live television, and the fatal shooting of co-accused Meraj Ahmad in a high-security barrack in May 2021. These incidents underscore the perceived risks to individuals in custody, particularly those associated with the political opposition.
In the backdrop of these concerns, Umar Ansari seeks the Supreme Court's intervention to ensure the safety of his father and address the alleged threats posed by the state apparatus.
Case: UMAR ANSARI V. STATE OF UTTAR PRADESH.
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