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Fans still throng prison, fever spreads to inmates

india Updated: Aug 04, 2007 02:24 IST
Yogesh Joshi

Convict number C15170 spent his first night at Pune’s Yerawada jail in the anda barrack. Sanjay Dutt, the jail’s most famous convict, was asked to wear the standard prisoner's dress, a white kurta-pyjama, immediately on reaching Yerawada.

On Friday morning, the actor was moved to the Special Security Cell 3.

Doctors refused him permission to smoke.

Interestingly, Dutt’s barrack in the special cell is right behind the Gandhi yard where the Mahatama was jailed twice.

Though Dutt is not sharing Cell 3 with anyone, the neighbouring cell has been given to co-convict and friend Yusuf Nulwalla. The remaining eight rooms are empty, while the adjacent barrack has 12 other convicts of the 1993 blasts case — all sentenced to death.

Dutt’s arrival triggered a wave of excitement among inmates. “I’m hopeful I’ll get to talk to him in the next few days,” said an undertrial.

Meanwhile, the actor expressed his willingness to study Gandhi's philosophy and consented to write the Gandhi Vichar Pariksha exam at Yerawada jail on October 2.