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High-profile don?s low profile in jail

KNOWN FOR enjoying freedom at will and luxurious life behind bars, don-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari has started keeping a low profile ever since he got himself shifted to Lucknow district jail from Ghazipur recently.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2006 01:20 IST

KNOWN FOR enjoying freedom at will and luxurious life behind bars, don-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari has started keeping a low profile ever since he got himself shifted to Lucknow district jail from Ghazipur recently.

The don has restricted visits of his close aides (especially those who played a vital role in hatching the conspiracy to murder BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai). Besides, Ansari was also avoiding use of cellphone in the prison, as he fears the cops could get his statement recorded.

Significantly, the jail officials have not played any role in making the don follow the jail manuals. But, apprehension of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) keeping a close watch on his activities has forced Ansari to stay aloof. Ansari’s shifting to Lucknow jail too was a part of his strategy to avoid giving any clue to the CBI. During his stay in Ghazipur jail the don used to meet visitors including government officials and obviously the members of his gang.

Moreover, the sensational shootout, in which Anasri’s rival Krishnanand Rai and seven others were killed, too had taken place when the don was lodged in Ghazipur jail. The evidences collected by the special task force (STF) and subsequently by the CBI have also confirmed that Ansari had hatched the plan of attack on Rai’s fleet from behind bars.

Besides, visits of some of the accused (named in the case) to Ghazipur jail with the help of a local inspector-rank official before the shootout had also come to light.

The CBI sleuths had ignored talking to Ansari in Ghazipur jail. But they quizzed another named accused Sanjiv Maheshwari alias Jeeva in the same jail. Ansari had faced CBI investigation earlier in the case of kidnapping and subsequent killing of UP’s coal tycoon Nandlal Rungta.

These are the reasons why the scene outside the Lucknow jail appears entirely changed despite his presence inside. Fleet of luxurious and expensive vehicles and uninterrupted entry of people with dubious appearance is missing at the district jail. Sources revealed that the don is hardly seen outside his VIP quarantine barrack. On the contrary, Ansari used to hold his ‘darbar’ at a hall located close to the cabin of the jailor during his stay in this jail earlier.