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No fan, no bed sheet, common toilets for Dutt
Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai | July 31, 2007 20:36 IST
Actor Sanjay Dutt will receive no comfort or special treatment in Arthur Road prison in Mumbai.
The only comfort he can avail will be a blanket, which is standard for every prisoner. He will have to do without a mosquito repellent tonight. Unlike actor Salman Khan [Images], who sought a mosquito repellent when he was in prison, Dutt has not asked for it.
However, TADA special court judge Pramod Dattaram Kode has given the actor some respite. Besides providing him access to medicines if required, the judge permitted Dutt's request to speak to his daughter Trishala in New York over phone in the presence of a police official.
Lodged in the same row as Dutt is notorious gangster Abu Salem [Images]. He was the man who delivered the AK-56 rifle at the actor's residence at the behest of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Anees Ebrahim.
1993 serial blasts case main accused Yaqub Memon and his brothers -- Essa and Yusuf Memon -- were earlier occupants of barrack number 10. They have been shifted to Pune prison after Yaqub was sentenced to death while the other two were awarded life imprisonments.
Dutt will be lodged in Arthur Road Jail till August 2 after which he too will be sent to any of the Maharashtra state prisons, depending upon the availability of space.
"I don't want any harm to be done to him in jail," instructed Judge Kode to public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam as he delivered his verdict.
Arthur Road Jail is known for its notorious gang wars and has often hit headlines. Underworld members often fight with each other.