Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal on Sunday accused cabinet minister Yunus Khan of helping alleged gangster Anandpal Singh escape from police custody as part of a political quid pro quo.
Khan rubbished the allegations, and called Beniwal as much of an “antisocial element” as Anandpal.
“Beniwal has several cases registered against him, including one of murder. He has been to prison, too. In fact, the number of cases registered against him almost equals those against Anandpal,” Khan told The Indian Express.
Beniwal, who represents Khinvsar constituency in Nagaur, alleged that Khan helped Anandpal escape police custody after the alleged gangster helped him win the Assembly elections in 2013. He has demanded a CBI inquiry in the matter.
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According to Beniwal, Khan met Anandpal several times in a Bharatpur prison between July and September 2013, seeking his support in getting Rajput votes against his rival candidate Shyam Pratap Rathore.
“Following these meetings, Anandpal made about 1,000 calls from within the jail to swing Rajput votes in Khan’s favour and so Khan won. The arrangement was that after winning, he would help Anandpal get his freedom,” Beniwal alleged.
“Recently, after learning that Khan had forgotten about him, Anandpal sent a life threat message to Khan, so Khan helped him escape by reducing the police security around him that day,” he added.
The minister said the allegations from a “serial law breaker” like Beniwal held no weight. “He has a personal vendetta against me and has been making these frivolous allegations since 2006, after the murder of Jivan Godara (allegedly by Anandpal). Since that time, there has been a Congress government in the state for five years. If there was any truth in these allegations, wouldn’t the Congress government have acted on them?” Khan asked.
Anandpal escaped police custody on Thursday while being taken back to Ajmer Central Jail following a court hearing at Didwana in Nagaur. Anandpal’s accomplices, driving an SUV, had closed in on the police vehicle and fired shots from sophisticated weapons like AK-47, injuring three policemen.
The escapees also robbed the policemen of their weapons, with the state police later clarifying that the policemen accompanying Anandpal had been sedated with drug-laced sweets.
The incident has left the state government red-faced, with the opposition Congress alleging complicity on the part of the police.
Poor coordination in admn: Gehlot
Jaipur: Alleging that gangster Anandpal Singh’s escape from police custody was “part of a conspiracy”, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot Sunday said there appeared to be “no or very poor coordination” between the offices of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Home Minister G C Kataria.
“Four days after the escape of Anandpal and two accomplices, it appears that there is no coordination between the Chief Minister’s Office and the office of home minister,” Gehlot told reporters after a Pradesh Congress Committee event here.
He said this lack of coordination was the reason of “ineffectiveness” of the police administration.
“…Kataria is not listened to or allowed to do anything in the police administration… The atmosphere is such that the faith on (the) home minister is over as he (Kataria) cannot do anything or take any action against anyone,” Gehlot said. PTI