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Mohamed Thaver, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 06, 2012
Jail authorities and the civic body are engaged in a blame game over the upkeep of the hygiene in the high-security cell housing Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab. The Pakistani gunman is suffering from dengue and is undergoing treatment at Arthur Road jail. While officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claimed they could not carry out fogging in Kasab’s cell as it was a high-security zone, jail authorities said they had not been approached for permission.

Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner, had told HT that while they conducted fogging inside jails, they did not have access to the cell where Kasab was kept.

When questioned, Vinod Lokhande, inspector general, prisons, said, “There has never been any restriction in carrying out fogging in Kasab’s cell. Had they [the BMC] approached us, we would have allowed them to enter the cell with an escort. But they never came to us.”

Mhaiskar, however, claimed that they had been regularly carrying out fogging activities at Arthur road jail for the past three years. “But we have always been told that Kasab’s cell is a restricted area.”

According to Lokhande, even when doctors entered Kasab’s cell the security staff accompanied them. “Nobody is allowed inside the high-security prison without our escorting staff,” he said.

When asked about Kasab’s condition, the IG said, “He is currently recovering from dengue and there appears to be an improvement in his health. He is completely out of danger.”

Kasab had been running a fever for the past few days. His blood samples were sent for tests, which came back positive for dengue.