In a turnaround to a major fight against organised mafia in U.P., a court in Varanasi on Monday sentenced gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari to life imprisonment for the murder of Awadhesh Rai, the brother of a Congress leader, more than 30 years ago. Awadhesh Rai, the brother of former MLA Ajay Rai, was shot dead on August 3, 1991, at the gate of his Lahurabir residence in Varanasi. A case was registered against Mukhtar Ansari and others.
The MP-MLA court's special judge Avanish Gautam awarded a life sentence to Ansari in the case, a lawyer told reporters outside the Varanasi court. Reacting to Ansari's conviction earlier in the day, Ajay Rai said, "This is the end of our many years of waiting. I, my parents, Awadhesh's daughter and the whole family kept patience... Governments came and went and Mukhtar strengthened himself.
"But we did not give up. Because of our lawyers' efforts, today the court has found Mukhtar guilty in the murder case of my brother," Rai added.
Gangster Mukhtar Ansari, a five-time MLA from Mau Sadar seat, did not contest the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election and the seat was won by his son Abbas Ansari on a ticket from the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, which had tied up with the Samajwadi Party.
The Yogo government of Uttar Pradesh must be complimented for eradicating syndicated mafia from the state and it has taken tremendous courage and conviction of the state political elite, officers, police force, and judicial officers to deliver a crime-free state to over 25 crore population of U.P.