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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Patna: In yet another reminder of how criminals with political connections as well as aspirations enjoy a good lifestyle even behind bars, police seized mobile phones, cash and other items during a raid at central Beur jail in Patna early Thursday, police said.

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The raid was conducted by a Patna police team along with administrative officials after a tip-off that criminals turned politicians and gangsters were using mobile phones to influence voters, threaten political rivals and trying to manage the poll campaign from behind bars.

Items recovered from the prisoners’ wards included mobile phones, sim cards, chargers, cash, sharp-edged weapon and cigarettes.

Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Vikas Vaibhav said objectionable items had been seized from the wards of some powerful prisoners.

A jail official told IANS that police raided the wards of criminals turned politicians Anant Singh, Sunil Pandey, Ritlal Yadav, gangster Bindu Singh and former minister Vijay Krishna, who is convicted of murder.

“These powerful leaders enjoy all the luxuries of life inside the jail; they have smartphones, mineral water, cigarettes, liquor and cash for use,” the jail official said.

Anant Singh, a JD-U legislator from Mokamah, resigned from the party in early September, known as “Chhote Sarkar” for his muscle and money power, he was arrested in June in connection with a kidnapping-cum-murder case. Thereafter, his past criminal cases were also reopened.

Anant Singh plans to contest from Mokamah as an Independent in the coming assembly polls.

Sunil Pandey, also a ruling JD-U legislator, was arrested in July on charge of helping in the escape of gangster Sachidanand Sharma alias Lambu Sharma. A ‘bahubali’ legislator from Terari constituency, Pandey faces serious charges including of murder, kidnapping and extortion. He is also likely to contest polls.

Ritlal Yadav, a gangster who became a legislator in July after he won the state legislative council elections as an Independent from Patna seat, faces several serious charges, including of murder. Yadav is likely to contest the assembly polls from behind the bars or his wife will contest as an RJD candidate.

Former MP and minister Vijay Krishna, serving life imprisonment in connection with the killing of transporter Satyendra Kumar Singh, is considered close to Lalu Prasad and regarded as one of the powerful politicians of Bihar.

Prison department officials said the use of mobile phones was common in Beur jail in Patna as well as central jails in Gaya, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur.

“Access to liquor, mineral water, cell phones and pornography is possible only if an inmate bribes the jail officials and policemen,” a prison official said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Any Consequences of Living in Tall Buildings? ‘Bigger the Building, Bigger the Criminal’ Adage Goes in UP

The bungalows were mostly owned and occupied by elderly couples whose children had settled abroad

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The New Hyderabad and the Mahanagar localities in Lucknow are perfect examples of how this nexus works. Flickr

Behind every tall building, there is a taller criminal and the bigger the building, the bigger the criminal, goes the popular Uttar Pradesh adage. The nexus between real estate and criminals in Uttar Pradesh has become so strong that the lines have been almost completely blurred. It is difficult to say who the real owner of a particular building is.

In this nexus, the politician merges perfectly as he lies somewhere in between the real estate owner and the criminal. The modus operandi is simple. The real estate owner identifies the land, the criminal helps in getting the possession — legally or otherwise — and the politician takes care of government permissions. The money — black or grey — is pumped in by the “netas” and the “bahubalis” and the real estate owner gets a fair share, too.

The New Hyderabad and the Mahanagar localities in Lucknow are perfect examples of how this nexus works. These centrally located areas in trans-Gomti region were once marked by palatial bungalows, most of them in a semi-dilapidated condition.

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The nexus between real estate and criminals in Uttar Pradesh has become so strong that the lines have been almost completely blurred. Flickr

The bungalows were mostly owned and occupied by elderly couples whose children had settled abroad. Similar cases have been found in other cities like Allahabad and Kanpur, but the nexus blocks any action against this set-up.

In the early nineties, the bungalows began vanishing, their occupants went missing and high rise buildings started coming up. The neighbours spoke in hushed tones about how the occupants vanished overnight. The police turned a blind eye because no one filed a complaint. Police officers and bureaucrats were also given flats in these buildings and the business flourished.

The Yogi Adityanath government began cracking the whip on this and the first victim was Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Sharda Pratap Shukla whose “illegal” constructions in Sarojini Nagar were the first to be demolished.

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In this nexus, the politician merges perfectly as he lies somewhere in between the real estate owner and the criminal. Flickr

Another SP leader, Bhukkal Nawab, sensed the gravity of the situation and promptly joined the BJP to escape action. But the demolition threat continues over his illegal holdings since Adityanath is unrelenting. A criminal-turned-politician explained how the nexus is no longer as strong as it used to be.

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“First demonetisation brought a slump in the market and then the compulsion of Aadhaar and PAN card in all transactions put off the buyers. Earlier, people used to invest their black money in property, but now they opt for gold and diamonds. Besides, you never know when Adityanath cracks the whip. We are all lying low till the next elections,” he disclosed.

A senior bureaucrat also echoed similar sentiments and said that his brother-in-law, who is a builder, had gifted a flat to him. “And I had a tough time explaining this to the Income Tax people who are apparently on an overdrive at the moment,” he said. (IANS)