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Now, Sanjay Dutt faces 'another trial'

PTI  Pune, August 03, 2007
First Published: 18:24 IST(3/8/2007) | Last Updated: 19:31 IST(3/8/2007)
Actor Sanjay Dutt will undergo an "aptitude test" to ascertain his preferences before being allotted work at Yerwada prison where he is serving the six-year jail term given to him in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

The 48-year-old star, who was brought to the jail in Pune from Mumbai on Thursday night, will be asked his choices and preferences before he is alloted manual work as part of the rigorous imprisonment.

The choices for prison work include textiles, laundry, baking, paper printing, carpentry and painting, jail sources said on Friday.

"Normally we ask the preferences of prisoners and try to know the aptitude before assigning them daily work," a source said.

Among the reasons cited for shifting Dutt from Arthur Road Jail to Yerwada Jail was that the former is only meant for holding people facing trial and that the actor could not be given compulsory manual work in the prison in Mumbai.

Another reason was the security concern for Dutt, who is now being held in an egg-shaped cell meant for high-security prisoners.

Dutt was given the six-year term on Tuesday by a TADA court in Mumbai.

The Yerwada Jail, which has a vast sprawling campus, generates a good amount of revenue through the sale of products made by the prisoners, including chairs, cotton chaddars and leather chappals.

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