Mukhtar Ansari: News

Mukhtar Ansari is a gangster-turned-politician of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and a five-term member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He is the grandson of Indian National Congress (INC) leader Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari and nephew of former Vice-President Hamid Ansari. He was a crime leader active in the Mau-Azamgarh-Ghazipur-Chandauli belt in Eastern UP. His gang competed with other organized crime cartels to secure government contracts and tenders. Ansari joined BSP in the mid-1990s and became a first-time MLA in UP Assembly from Mau constituency. Since then, he has represented Mau five times in the Assembly. He unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi in 2009 and 2014, losing each time to BJP candidates. Ansari has more than 40 criminal cases against his name. He is accused of the murders of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai, Kapil Dev Singh, contractor Ajay Prakash Singh, and Ram Singh Maurya, among others. Since 2006, he has been in prison on various charges. Since assuming power in 2017, the Yogi Adityanath administration has tightened the noose around Ansari’s neck in its bid to tackle organized crime in UP.

30 Mar 2024


UP: Last rites of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari today in Ghazipur

The last rites of infamous gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who died from a heart attack on Thursday night, will be performed on Saturday in his hometown of Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh.

29 Mar 2024

Uttar Pradesh

Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari's death triggers political blame game

Jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari's death on Thursday triggered a political blame game ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

29 Mar 2024

Uttar Pradesh

Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari dies of cardiac arrest; family alleges poisoning

Jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari (63) died due to a cardiac arrest on Thursday.

26 Mar 2024

Uttar Pradesh

Jailed gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari hospitalized amid poisoning allegations 

Jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari has been admitted to a hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Banda district after his health deteriorated, his family said on Tuesday.

13 Mar 2024

Uttar Pradesh

Gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari sentenced in fake arms license case

Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was on Wednesday handed down a life sentence by a special MP/MLA court in Varanasi for obtaining a gun license using forged documents back in 1987.

07 Jun 2023


Gangster Sanjeev Jeeva, Mukhtar Ansari's aide, shot dead inside courts

Gangster Sanjeev Maheshwari Jeeva, a close aide of convicted gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari, was shot dead inside a court in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, reported ANI.

05 Jun 2023

Uttar Pradesh Police

Gangster Mukhtar Ansari gets lifer in 32-year-old murder of politician

An Uttar Pradesh court on Monday sentenced jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari to life in prison in the 32-year-old murder case of Congress leader Awadhesh Rai.

29 Apr 2023

Uttar Pradesh

Gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari sentenced to 10 years in jail

Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was sentenced to a 10-year jail term by a court in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday, reported India Today.

ED arrests Mukhtar Ansari's son Abbas in money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Uttar Pradesh MLA Abbas Ansari, son of jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, on Saturday in a money laundering case from 2021.

20 Sep 2021

Azam Khan

Azam Khan, gangster Mukhtar Ansari to be grilled by ED

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will begin the questioning of Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, gangster Mukhtar Ansari, and strongman Ateeq Ahmad from Monday in separate money-laundering probes being conducted against them and their associates.

08 Apr 2021

Uttar Pradesh

Mukhtar Ansari denied basic necessities in Banda jail, alleges brother

Inhuman treatment was meted out to Mukhtar Ansari as he was transferred to Uttar Pradesh's Banda jail from Punjab last night, his brother alleged on Wednesday.

06 Apr 2021


In UP Police custody, Mukhtar Ansari to reach Banda tomorrow

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday took custody of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Mukhtar Ansari from Punjab's Ropar jail to transfer him to Banda prison.

23 Mar 2018

Samajwadi Party

Rajya Sabha polls: BSP MLA hints he voted for BJP

Uttar Pradesh BSP MLA Anil Singh on Friday indicated that he had cross-voted in favor of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha polls, saying "I am with Maharaj-ji," referring to UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

01 Sep 2017


Criminals entering politics: Has it become normal?

As per the report from the Association of Democratic Reforms, 51 MPs and MLAs have been accused of crimes against women, which include alleged rape and abduction.

13 Apr 2017


Budget session concludes: Bills passed, disruptions and more

Parliament on Wednesday concluded its budget session, which passed landmark legislations including the four Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and the Mental Healthcare bill.

12 Mar 2017

Samajwadi Party

UP: 1 in 4 MLAs facing criminal charges

Data has revealed that one out of every four MLAs voted to power in UP are facing serious criminal charges. Data showed that of the 403 MLAs voted to power, 103 face criminal cases against them.