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Subzi, Roti Lunch for Sanjay Dutt in Arthur Road Jail

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Mumbai, Aug 1: It was a frugal lunch of brinjal subzi, dal, four rotis and some rice for Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt on Wednesday after he spent his first night at Barrack No.1 of the Arthur Road Jail here following his six year jail sentence. He was shifted from Barrack No.10 late on Tuesday night for security reasons.

Dutt, who was brought to the jail Tuesday evening after being sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, spent his first night in jail like any other inmate - minus fan, bed sheet or pillow.

However, he was provided a blanket for the night, which all prisoners are entitled to, said a jail official.

Lodged in a 90-sq ft cell in Barrack No.1, Dutt had to wear the regulation prickly jail-provided white shirt and pyjamas. Though he was not permitted to bring in extra clothes like jeans, he was allowed some luxury - he could get in his full toilet kit.

The kit comprised of the actor's favourite London's premium brand Molten Brown toiletries like mouthwash, hair-wash, and soap, a jail source revealed.

Though Dutt, 48, was permitted the luxuries of his favourite toiletries, he has to share his toilet and bathroom with eight other prisoners.

A chain smoker, Dutt is believed to have been allowed to take in a 10-pack of his favoured brand - Marlboro Lights. He has also carried combs, toothbrush and towels from Mumbai's ITC Grand Central.

"He had a frugal breakfast of sweetened tea and biscuits and a couple of slices of bread at 7.30 am. The regular jail lunch was at 10.30 am. He will be served tea at 3 p.m. and dinner immediately afterwards at 3.30 pm, identical to what he had for lunch," a jail official told IANS.

The actor, who was initially lodged in Barrack No.10, was shifted to No.1 for security reasons in a late-night development on Tuesday.

"Sanjay Dutt was shifted to Barrack No.1 from No.10 late last night, taking his security into account," said sources at the Arthur Road Jail on Wednesday.

Barrack No.10 has high-profile inmates like extradited mobster Abu Salem and Mustafa Dossa, both of whom are being tried separately in the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings.

Incidentally, Dutt had Tuesday asked the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Preventive) Act (TADA) judge Pramod Kode not to put him and his two associates, Yusuf Nulwala and Kersi Adajenia, in the infamous 'andda' (egg-shaped) cell of Arthur Road prison.

"The actor spent an uneventful night, while his two friends, Nulwala and Adajenia, were shifted to Barrack No.8," the source said.

Barrack No.1 has one big cell with around 30 prisoners, and three small cells. Sanjay had one of the small cells. Praveen Mahajan, who is under trial for allegedly killing his brother and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pramod Mahajan, is in another. The third houses members of the fugitive mobster Chhota Shakeel's gang - Salim Fruit and Shahid Sheikh.

The Munnabhai star did not taste the jail dinner Tuesday as the scheduled dinner time was over much before he was brought in.

The cell in which Dutt is lodged is near the main door of the jail and is popularly known as the Buddha barrack, as earlier all aged undertrials were lodged there.

The cell, which till recently housed a Mumbai civic official accused in a real estate deal connected with India's most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, was given a fresh coat of paint on Monday.

It has a toilet-cum bathroom facility outside, and a bucket of water is provided. Water is supplied twice a day at 4 am and 3.30 pm, jail sources said.

Dutt is to be in Barrack No.1 till Thursday, after which the authorities will decide where to shift him. Arthur Road Jail is meant for undertrials and has no facilities for rigorous imprisonment, like carpentry or weaving work that convicts have to undertake.

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    Mon, Aug 20 2007

    Mate we dont know what the world thinks of you...we love you.keep the faith man

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  • nishta kaatol, hyderabad

    Sun, Aug 05 2007

    He should'nt have got this rigorous imprisonment as punishment.  It is meant for those people who do not changebut Sanju has changed a lot he has realised what he had done.May god give him the strength to face this trauma .

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  • Nelson Lewis, Kingdom of Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 04 2007

    If one were to ask people knowledgeable about Bollywood, they say that both Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan, in spite of their unconventional lifestyles, have hearts of gold. They have helped people in need and have a soft corner for people who have not been that fortunate in life. Sanjay Dutt is known to happily share his tiffin with a humble spot boy. Then there are other actors like Dilip Kumar, the late Balraj Sahni, etc., who have extended help to people without media coverage or anyone knowing about it.

    They have done charitable deeds on the quiet, rather than donating gold ornaments to Gods and making a big publicity and hoop-la about it, acquiring land by posing to be farmers when, in fact, they have never worked with a spade or plough in their lives. There are some who like to show themselves to be very charitable and good people when, in fact, their actions speak to the contrary. Many countless people, who have done really worst crimes in India and deserve execution, lifers or years in jails, are roaming scot-free due to our inefficient judicial system.

     Many politicians are involved in the worst of scandals, scams and criminal activities, but nothing happens to them. I do not say that Sanjay Dutt should be punished, but law should be applicable to all irrespective of religion, political affiliations, vocations, financial status, power, etc.

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    Sat, Aug 04 2007

    Sanju you are great we wish you strength to undertake your sentence. We will miss your movies. come back soon.

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    Sat, Aug 04 2007

    Good article. no body is above law. He has to pay for his deeds like any human being. Sanjay was in company of some anti-national people so he has to pay. but I feel sorry for him. May god give him strength

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    Thu, Aug 02 2007

    At least now Sanju should understand the value of Gandhigiri. Sanju, your stay behind bar for 6 yrs, shall, induce confidence in the mind of common citizen of this country that none is above law. The SECULAR fabric of this country is upheld and stregthened by unbiased judgement to punish you.

    We will be waiting for a matured SANJU out from jail soon. Till then good bye and have nice time. Moreover after you are out even you may shoot a picture 'My experience in jail ' and amaze fortune. So have patience and utilise ur time in positive thinking.

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  • DONY LOBO, Milagres,Doha,Qatar

    Thu, Aug 02 2007

    Of late we hear of many celebrities like Paris Hilton, Sunjay Dutt sentenced to imprisonments, either for a few days or for some months or years. Personally I do feel sorry for Sunjay Dutt not because he is a celebrity but because he lost his mother when he was very young due to cancer (the greatest Indian actress of all times – Nargis), and then just recently he lost his father and now he will be away from his daughter and sisters.

    Indian legal justice system is excellent “except for a few cases”, even though these few cases are much more important than perhaps all other cases put together., or else how can we explain the delay or failure to bring to justice the masterminds and perpetrators of the (a) goriest crime of the century – the demolition of a House of Worship – The Babri Masjid., (b) the masterminds of the Bombay riots who were singled out by the Ramakrishna Commission Report and the (c) Masterminds of the Gujarath Riots about which even the great former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had expressed very deeeeeep remorse!!!! Attacking or harming any House of Worship, be it a Temple, Gurudwara, Mosque or a Church, or killing or spilling the blood of innocent people can be done only by those inspired by the unseen blood thirsty evil superpower – the Devil., who of course will be certainly there to wholeheartedly welcome and reward them in his own style after they pass away from this world.

    Let everyone who sympathises with Sunjay Dutt, pray that the Good Lord give him enough strength to face the ordeals of the prison. The point I feel that is missing here is – isn’t there a provision where Sunjay Dutt could appeal to a higher or Supreme Court ???

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