"When Mukhtar Ansari attended the UP Assembly 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.
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.
Afzal Ansari said it was the government responsibility to ensure the security of anyone in judicial custody
Before Munna Bajrangi's murder, his wife Seema Singh had claimed at a press conference in Lucknow 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 Baghpat jail since July 31 last year, officials said.
Bajrangi (51) was listed as an accused in 40 criminal cases, including those of murder and extortion.
Baghpat jail is among the two prisons in the state which do not have CCTV cameras.
He said CCTV cameras will be in place in Baghpat jail 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, Chandra Prakash 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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