Gangster-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari tests positive for coronavirus

Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was brought back to the state from a prison in Punjab, in Lucknow on Friday.  (ANI)


Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari tested positive for coronavirus and has been kept in isolation in the district jail here, officials said on Tuesday.

Mukhtar Ansari was found COVID positive in a rapid antigen test on Saturday, which was confirmed in an RT-PCR test on Sunday, Chief Medical Officer N D Sharma said.

He has been kept in isolation at Barrack No. 16 in the jail.

A team of doctors is monitoring his health, Banda Government Medical College Principal Mukesh Kumar Yadav said, adding that despite testing positive for the infection, Ansari did not show symptoms.

Jail Superintendent Pramod Tripathi said his condition is normal.

Mukhtar Ansari is a BSP MLA and was brought here from a Punjab jail on April 7 after an SC order.

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