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Another don fears for his safety in UP jail

Press Trust of India  |  Baghpat/Lucknow 

Days after the killing of gangster Bajrangi in jail, the family of another jailed don Ansari has expressed concern over his safety.

The don-turned politician's brother said he has "virtually no expectation" from the government, suggesting there was no point in demanding more security for Ansari.

"Who is demanding this and from whom? Is there any hope from this government? told over the phone today.

"When Ansari attended the he had said there itself (about a possible threat to his life), but the question is from whom should we demand security and with what expectation, he said.

He accused of using terms like thok diya jayega (will be shot) in the state assembly and the police of conducting fake encounters.

The law and order situation in the state has deteriorated with rapes and murders being reported on a daily basis, and the police were conducting encounters to divert attention from this, he alleged.

Mukhtar Ansari is in jail since 2005 for his alleged role in the murder of

said it was the government responsibility to ensure the security of anyone in judicial custody

Before Bajrangi's murder, his wife had claimed at a press conference in that his life was in danger.

Last year, Adityanath had ordered the transfer of 48 criminals from the jails where they were lodged to other prisons across the state. Bajrangi and Ansari were among them.

Bajrangi was allegedly killed by Sunil Rathi, who is also a gangster and had been in jail since July 31 last year, officials said.

Officials today confirmed reports that a had accompanied Bajrangi during the 12-hour road journey while he was being shifted to prison. But they gave no reason for this.

Bajrangi (51) was listed as an accused in 40 criminal cases, including those of murder and extortion.

is among the two prisons in the state which do not have CCTV cameras.

But (Jails) suggested that the lack of CCTV cameras in has made no difference in this case.

He said CCTV cameras will be in place in before the August 31 deadline.

"When the agency was given the task of installing CCTV cameras, they said they will complete the task by June 30. Then they sought an extension of two more months. The request was made in the last week of June," he added.

Asked if the presence of a CCTV camera could had provided the footage of Bajrangi murder, said the killing took place inside a barrack where cameras are not installed.

According to norms, the cameras monitor spaces where visitors come to meet the inmates, and in places like the kitchen and the hospital, and not inside the barracks, he said.

He said the programme to install CCTVs in jails is on since 2014-15 and is being implemented in a phased manner.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 21:30 IST
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