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Mukhtar Ansari News: Mukhtar Ansari’s reign of terror, First case at 17, first conviction at 61 | Varanasi News

Mukhtar Ansari News: Mukhtar Ansari’s reign of terror, First case at 17, first conviction at 61 | Varanasi News


VARANASI: Although his crime empire had started crumbling under crackdown by the Yogi Adityanath govt since 2017, the death of jailed mafia don Mukhtar Ansari drew curtains on his over four-decade reign of terror in eastern UP.
He faced over 60 criminal cases, 16 of them for murder. The first case lodged against him was in 1978 and the first murder case in 1986, but his first conviction happened only in 2022 — such was his terror among complainants and witnesses.While charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for being a member of an organised crime syndicate were also slapped against Ansari in 2010 by the special cell of Delhi Police, he was never convicted. However, between Sept 2022 and March 2024, he was convicted eight times. UP Police had also seized or demolished his properties worth Rs 900 crore.

Ansari — whose grandfather was president of Indian National Congress in 1927 — entered the crime world just at the age of 17, and never looked back. His maternal grandfather Brigadier Mohammad Usman was a decorated officer in the Indian Army who won Mahavir Chakra posthumously.

Ansari earned notoriety in the crime world due to rivalry with another mafia don-turned-politician Brijesh Singh in late 1980s. In 1991, he shot Awadhesh Rai, the brother of present UPCC chief Ajay Rai, in Varanasi. This added to his notoriety and fortified his hold over the contract business.

Ansari was seen carrying a firearm in an open SUV on the streets of Mau during 2005 riots when it was under curfew and allegedly ordered the killing of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai through a henchman, Munna Bajrangi. Increased pressure on political parties sympathetic to him, especially after Mau riots and murder of Rai, led to Ansari’s arrest in 2005 after which he never came out of jail. Ansari’s first conviction came on Sept 21, 2022, when was given a seven-year jail term for threatening a jailer. Two days later, Lucknow high court extended Ansari’s five-year sentence under the Gangsters Act. This was the result of Ansari’s alleged involvement in the murder of a jail superintendent, RK Tiwari, in broad daylight in Hazratganj, Lucknow, on February 4, 1999.

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Further legal proceedings unfolded rapidly for Ansari. On Dec 15, he and his close aide Bhim Singh were handed a 10-year rigorous punishment under the Gangsters Act for a 1996 case. This marked the beginning of a series of convictions and sentences against the don.
In April of the following year, Ansari and his brother Afzal Ansari received sentences of 10 years and four years, respectively, in connection with a Gangsters Act case from 2007. Ansari’s involvement in various high-profile crimes, including the kidnapping of coal tycoon Nand Kishore Rungta in 1996 and the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai in 2005, were cited in these convictions.
In 2023, he was handed life imprisonment on June 5 for his role in the Awadesh Rai murder case. Later, on October 10, he was given another ten-year sentence under the Gangsters Act for the murder of a teacher in 2009.
In yet another conviction in March 2024, he was found guilty in a case involving forgery, criminal conspiracy, and violations of the Arms Act dating back to 1990. He received a life sentence for managing arms licences through cheating, forgery, and criminal conspiracy.

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