Varanasi: The mafia dons of east UP seem to have run out of favour of ‘lady luck’ as their strategy of running their illegal trades through muscle power and barrel of guns in the name of their better halves and amassing property has been checkmated by the Yogi Adityanath government.
The government is not sparing any spoils of the illegal, monopolistic trade whether it is in the name of the spouses or the aides of gangsters who have been ruling the roost for decades.
As a result, the mafia dons are haplessly watching their empires crumbling and assets falling apart.
The ill-gotten wealth of jailed mafia dons Mukhtar Ansari, Dhruv Singh alias Kuntu, Vijay Mishra, who ran their syndicates and illegal business through their wives, has been targeted by the government in its crackdown on organized crime in UP.
Similarly, other musclemen politicians, like Vijay Mishra, who catapulted their wives in the political arena and made them owners of immovable properties grabbed by them, are also facing the heat.
Azamgarh witnessed razing of over polytechnic building, worth Rs 10 crore, owned by Kuntu’s wife Vandana Singh-led trust.
Azamgarh DM Rajesh Kumar said, “After investigation revealed gram sabha land transfer, change of land use and recognition to the polytechnic on the basis of forged documents, an FIR was lodged against Vandana Singh and other trust members. The college was being constructed with illegally earned money of the don and so it was demolished.”
Kuntu, who is lodged in jail for being an accused in killing of Samajwadi Party’s ex-MLA Sarvesh Singh Sipu in July 2015, had already suffered financial loss of over Rs 13 crore in crackdown, said ADG Varanasi zone Brij Bhushan.
Land worth Rs 8 crore of Kuntu had been confiscated in 2020 while his buildings in Chhapra Sultanpur of Jiyanpur were demolished a day after his involvement in January 6 killing of Ajit Singh in Lucknow came to light.”
As per records of ADG office, Kuntu is the second biggest loser after Mukhtar Ansari and has lost assets over Rs 258 crore so far. “Mukhtar’s properties worth Rs 58.41 crore had been confiscated, while cost of his buildings demolished and grabbed land is Rs 140.55 crore,” the ADG said.
Most immovable properties of Mukhtar gang on grabbed government land were owned by Vikas Construction of his wife Afsha Ansari.
Initially, a case of embezzlement and was registered against Afsha by Saidpur police in 2016 and then another of illegal trespass and embezzlement by Kotwali police in 2019.
On July 9, 2020, Dakshintola police lodged a case against proprietors of Vikas Constructions including Afsha for grabbing gram sabha land, said SP Mau Sushil Ghule adding their illegal possession was removed in August.
In July 2020, Afsha’s 4.1696 hectare plot in Fatehullapur worth Rs 22.13 crore was confiscated and her hotel Ghazal was demolished in Ghazipur in October 2020.
A non-bailable warrant was issued against her in September 19 but she got interim bail from High Court, said SP Ghazipur.