UP: BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari suffers heart attack in jail, stable

Mukhtar Ansari has been in various jails in Uttar Pradesh since 2015. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India Jan 09, 2018, 12.32 PM (IST)

Jailed BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari, who is lodged in a prison in Banda, Uttar Pradesh suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the district hospital.

His wife, who was visiting him in jail also suffered a heart attack after seeing her husband's condition, media reports said, adding that both were rushed to the trauma centre of the district hospital in a critical condition.

Ansari, 55, was subsequently referred to Lucknow Sanjay Gandhi PGI Hospital. His condition is now stable, his aide told PTI.

"I have spoken to the SSP, Banda, and he told me about it (heart attack). I have sought a report from both the SP and the DM of Banda. The legislator will be provided the best treatment," Principal Secretary Home Arvind Kumar said in Lucknow.

The top government official, however, said he could not confirm immediately whether Ansari's wife had also suffered a heart attack.

"I can confirm it only after I get a report from there," he said, adding that directives have been issued to provide best possible treatment to the legislator.

The gangster-turned-lawmaker from Mau constituency has been lodged in Banda prison in connection with various criminal cases. He has been in various jails in the state since 2015 under various sections of the IPC. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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Ansari's wife, who was visiting her husband in jail, also reportedly suffered a heart attack after seeing his condition, sources said