Sanjay Dutt's stay at the Arthur Road jail is bound to bring back memories from the last time he spent time in the prison. And in a déjà vu-inducing moment, the actor will be staying in barrack number 10 — the same barrack he was kept in after his arrest in 2007.
After his arrival at the prison around 9.30pm, Dutt was taken to the barrack following security reasons. The high-security cell is near the anda cell where Abu Jundal is currently kept.
Jail sources confirmed to HT that Dutt would be kept in barrack no. 10 till a decision was taken about where he would serve the rest of his sentence. “Since there is a security threat to his life, we have kept him in a high-security cell,”' a source said, adding that barracks 10,11 and 12 were separate from the others.
According to sources, Dutt may be shifted to Pune's Yerawada jail on Friday. “Even during his previous arrest, he had reached Arthur Road jail around 9pm because of which he was kept overnight and was later shifted to Pune,” said an official. Read: Dutt surrenders, roughed up outside the Tada court
Dutt managed to escape the huge crowd that had gathered at the Sane Guruji Marg leading to the jail from around noon.
The day began with a host of mediapersons and policemen standing guard at the jail. Around 12:30pm, as the news of Dutt being brought to Arthur Road started trickling in, a crowd started lining up on the pavement. Read: ‘Smoking harmful for health’, court denies Sanjay a puff
Soon, word spread and by 3pm the crowd had burgeoned that spilled over to the JR Boricha lane.
Vandana hotel, the nearest snack point from the jail, did brisk business as journalists, policemen and others who had gathered came there for some respite from the heat.
There was a sudden commotion around 4pm that Dutt had had left from the Tada court. But excitement soon gave way to impatience and frustration as the clock ticked on with no sign of the actor.
It was then learnt that Dutt had still not left the courtroom. Te crowd soon started thinning and by 8pm only a posse of security men and mediapersons were left.
An old man from the area said angrily, “He has been convicted and is a criminal. Why are you people so excited to see him. Don't you have any work?”