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Yogi Adityanath Govt to Keep an Eye on Jailed Mafia Dons via CCTV Cameras

Ever since coming to power on March 19, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has changed prisons of 44 mafia dons to ensure that the criminals are not able to operate from jails.

The criminals have been put under direct supervision of the Special Task Force and the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Uttar Pradesh Police via closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

Among the criminals who have been transferred are Bahujan Samaj Party MLA and mafia don Mukhtar Ansari, who has been transferred from Agra jail to Banda; criminal-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed, who has been transferred from Naini Central Jail to Nayariya Jail; and gangster Munna Bajrangi, sent from Jaunpur jail to Pilibhit Jail.

Most district jails in UP do not have mobile jammers, leaving enough scope for powerful convicts to get phone access. On March 31, the state government released funds to install mobile jammers in 12 sensitive jails.

Keeping in view the nexus between some jail officials and the criminals, Adityanath, who has kept the home ministry profile with himself, has instructed STF and ATS to keep a close watch on the activities of mafia dons in jails.

State home ministry Principal Secretary Debashish Panda has also issued instructions to 18 district magistrates in this regard.

The instructions clearly state that activities of the jailed mafia dons should be closely watched and no unauthorised material should be allowed in jail premises. There is also a crackdown on powerful prisoners getting extra facilities in jails.

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