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Bamboo work "enriches" Munnabhai

PTI  Pune, August 23, 2007
First Published: 15:01 IST(23/8/2007) | Last Updated: 15:03 IST(23/8/2007)

When actor Sanjay Dutt walked free out of Yerwada central prison this morning, he was richer by Rs. 25 paid for the work done by him under rigorous imprisonment drill.

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"Munnabhai" of the celluloid screen, Dutt, a convict in 1993 Mumbai blast case, who spent three weeks behind bars had been weaving and enmeshing bamboo chairs under "cane work" category of manual labour, jail superitendent Rajendra Dhamne told PTI.

Though the highly paid Bollywood actor known for acting skills, Dutt was treated as an unskilled labourer under training which entitled him to wages of Rs. 12.50 for an eight hours shift called "vardi" in jail parlance.

His work hours were counted after he finished learning the job which totalled 16 hours equivalant to "two vardis", at the rate of Rs. 12.50, Dhamne said.

The actor sentenced to six years RI under the Arms Act, showed good application at assigned work and made nearly two sets of cane chairs consisting of seat and back-support, jail sources said.


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