Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh lawmaker and gangster Mukhtar Ansari was on Tuesday rushed to the hospital after he suffered a heart attack.
According to ANI, the gangster-turned-politician was lodged in a jail in the Banda district of Uttar Pradesh where he suffered a massive heart attack.
It has come to light Ansari's wife had gone to the Banda district jail to meet him when the latter's condition deteriorated following a heart attack.
The two were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
He is said to be in a critical condition.
The BSP lawmaker and seven others were on September 27 acquitted by a court in connection with the sensational killing of contractor Munna Singh.
However, three other accused were held guilty by the Mau fast-track court.
Contractor Ajay Prakash Singh or Munna Singh was shot dead near Ghazipur crossing close to the Union Bank on August 29 in 2009.
Mukhtar Ansari had merged his party Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with the BSP before last year’s assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
He had contested the polls on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket and emerged victorious from the Mau assembly seat.
However, his son and brother, who contested from the same party, were defeated in the polls.
He had won from the Mau Assembly constituency for a record five times earlier.
Mukhtar Ansari has been in jail since 2015 under various criminal sections.
In 2016, backed by Shivpal Yadav, Ansari made an unsuccessful attempt to merge his party with the Samajwadi Party.
However, the move met strong resistance from Akhilesh Yadav and shattered Ansari's hopes of joining hands with the Samajwadi Party.
(With Agency inputs)