The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a former deputy jailer of the Chitrakoot prison for allegedly facilitating an illegal meeting between jailed MLA Abbas Ansari and his wife.
Abbas, an MLA of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party and son of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari has been in jail since November 2022.
The police stated that deputy jailer Chandrakala, who was posted at the prison, was responsible for facilitating a meeting between Abbas Ansari and his wife Nikhat Bano.
The police investigated the matter and found out that Chandrakala was found helping the accused take objects inside the jail illegally.
As per the case details, on February 10, Bano was arrested along with her driver Riyaz for allegedly providing “undue help” to her husband. A case was registered against senior prison officials, including the jail superintendent, and suspension orders were issued against them. A team comprising administration and police officials had conducted a surprise check in the Chitrakoot jail and caught Nikhat Bano in a room next to the jail superintendent’s office.
She had got inside the jail without completing formalities required for a visitor. On February 14, the state government ordered the transfer of Abbas Ansari to the Kasganj jail.
The Chitrakoot police had then conducted a surprise inspection at the Chitrakoot jail on February 10 in which Abbas Ansari was found using a mobile phone illegally and meeting his wife., following which, Nikhat Bano and driver Niyaz Ansari was arrested.
The police had also arrested two more more persons- Faraz Khan and Naveen Sachan.
During investigation, 26 teams were dispatched for conducting raids at different places in the state. The police conducted raids at houses of all those involved in the incident and others known to them.
The police seized Rs 4 lakh in cash from Niyaz's driver's house, an SUV and a fix deposit slip and some cheques. The police are conducting further raids to arrest more persons involved in the case.