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Cops on toes as big guns plan to come home!

UNDERWORLD ACTIVITIES in the State Capital will give top cops some tough time. In fact, some are already on toes. Reason: Mafia don-turned MLA Mukhtar Ansari and his close aide Sanjiv Maheshwari are all set to be shifted to the Lucknow District Jail from Ghazipur and Delhi respectively. While Mukhtar got bail bond in one of his cases at Lucknow court cancelled two days back, Sanjiv had contacted his Lucknow-based lawyers to follow the same procedure.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 00:26 IST

UNDERWORLD ACTIVITIES in the State Capital will give top cops some tough time. In fact, some are already on toes.

Reason: Mafia don-turned MLA Mukhtar Ansari and his close aide Sanjiv Maheshwari are all set to be shifted to the Lucknow District Jail from Ghazipur and Delhi respectively.  While Mukhtar got bail bond in one of his cases at Lucknow court cancelled two days back, Sanjiv had contacted his Lucknow-based lawyers to follow the same procedure. Significantly, Mukhtar had visited the city on Tuesday under the pretext of getting his check-up done at the KGMU. The don’s fleet stayed at a popular hotel of non-vegetarian cuisine located at Lalbagh, Hazratganj around 10.40 pm the same day. A majority of vehicles in the fleet included the blue-beacon cars. The don and his cohorts had meal at the hotel till midnight before moving from the place.

Sources in the police revealed that Mukhtar and Sanjiv decided to shift their base from Ghazipur and Tihar jails respectively as both could orchestrate their gang more easily from the Lucknow jail. Interestingly, it was Lucknow jail where Sanjiv had developed affinity with Mukhtar when both were lodged here about three years ago. The details with the Special Task Force (STF) reveal that Mukhtar had taken Sanjiv’s help in eliminating his rival Tribhuvan Singh’s nephew Anil Singh and two others in Ghazipur two years ago.

Both Sanjiv and Mukhtar were behind bars when the killings took place. Sanjiv had engaged his boys in the operation. Mukhtar provided his open patronage to Sanjiv after the latter refused to accept a hefty sum offered by the don in exchange of killings. Since then Mukhtar and Sanjiv have been using each other for their causes.

Sources in police revealed that shifting of the two was going to affect the underworld equation adversely. While Sanjiv was known to orchestrate contract killings and extortions from Western UP districts and Uttaranchal, Mukhtar runs an open ‘darbar’ of his ‘followers’ at the jail.

Mukhtar sorts out business and property disputes, decides lucrative contracts of railways and PWD and also play a role of mediator in family matters. During his stay at the Lucknow jail, Mukhtar used to attend his darbar at one of the big rooms adjacent to the jailor’s office. A bunch of mobile phones used to be kept in front of the don on a table which he used to threaten or issue directives to the officials or people concerned. 

The then Chief Minister Mayawati had to shift Mukhtar to Tihar jail after local newspapers had carried news about the don visiting the top cops at the DGP Headquarters and shopping at Hazratganj showrooms.

It may be recalled that the High court ordered a CBI probe into the BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai murder case on Tuesday. Their stay in Lucknow jail would help them facing the proceedings of the CBI probe easily