Mukhtar Ansari gets 10-yrs term in Gangster Act case

Ghazipur (thestates.news)| Mafia-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was on Saturday sentenced to 10 years imprisonment along with a penalty of Rs 5 lakh under Gangster Act, which included Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Krishnanand Rai murder case, by an MP-MLA court here, prosecution sources said. Prosecution sources said that judgement on Mukhtar’s brother and Bahujan Samaj Party MP Afzal Ansari will be pronounced later in the day. “The hearing in the case concluded on April 1 and the court had fixed April 15 to pronounce judgement, but as the Judge was on leave and April 29 was fixed as the next date,” they said.

Prosecution sources said that the case under Gangster Act was lodged against Mukhtar and Afzal in 2007 after the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai in 2005. “The gang chart also includes the kidnapping and murder of businessman Nnd Kishore Rungta,” they said.It may be noted that BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai along with seven others were killed in Siyari village under Bhawarkol police station in Ghazipur district on November 29, 2005. Around 400 rounds were fired by the assailants on the cavalcade on Rai with sophisticated weapons including AK-47 rifles. (UNI)