‘Slow poison given’: Muslim politician Mukhtar Ansari dies in jail, family alleges murder

Mukhtar Ansari.

Following the death of jailed Muslim politician Mukhtar Ansari allegedly due to cardiac arrest, his son Umar Ansari has made startling claims, alleging that his father was poisoned.

Umar Ansari declared the family’s intent to seek justice through the judiciary, expressing confidence in the legal process.

The late Mukhtar Ansari, who died at a hospital in Banda, Uttar Pradesh, was reportedly brought in an unconscious state from the district jail and succumbed to cardiac arrest, according to the hospital’s principal, Suneel Kaushal.

Umar Ansari, speaking to the media, revealed that the family had not received any official communication from the administration regarding his father’s condition, learning about it through media reports instead.

He asserted that his father had been poisoned on March 19 during dinner and vowed to pursue legal recourse, citing previous instances of alleged poisoning.

Furthermore, Mukhtar Ansari’s brother, Afzal Ansari, echoed similar sentiments, asserting that his sibling had been subjected to poisoning in the past as well.

The family’s claims have sparked widespread concern, prompting calls for a thorough investigation from various political figures, including Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi, and Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati.

In response to Ansari’s death, armed forces have been deployed outside the hospital, and prohibitory orders have been imposed across the state.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Police’s social media cell remains vigilant to prevent any potential unrest. Ansari’s autopsy is scheduled to be conducted at Banda Medical College Hospital.

In April, last year, a former politician was shot dead live on TV along with his brother. Atiq Ahmed, who was under police escort, was talking to reporters when a gun was pulled close to his head in Prayagraj, also known as Allahabad.

After the shots were fired, three men who had been posing as journalists quickly surrendered and were taken into custody. Ahmed’s teenage son was shot dead by police days earlier.

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