From reel to real in jail for Shiney
Real life gangster Abu Salem is apparently enjoying his newfound company in Arthur Road prison – actor Shiney Ahuja, whose character in the film Gangster was based on Salem’s life. Prison sources said Salem and Ahuja have been spending much time together, reports Rachna Pratihar.india Updated: Jun 29, 2009 01:22 IST
Real life gangster Abu Salem is apparently enjoying his newfound company in Arthur Road prison – actor Shiney Ahuja, whose character in the film Gangster was based on Salem’s life.
Prison sources said Salem and Ahuja have been spending much time together. To ensure Ahuja – allegedly attacked by prison inmates a few days ago – gets home food, Salem has been sharing his lunch and dinner with the actor.
After Ahuja was shifted to Salem’s barrack (in Circle 10), Salem directed his dabbawalla to double the portions he sent. Ahuja and Salem reportedly also use the gym together.
Prison officials said Salem has always kept to himself, spending most of his time in isolation, doing his daily work. And that unlike most other high-profile prisoners there, he is the most disciplined of the lot. Sources said, when Ahuja’s wife came to meet him last week, the actor introduced her to Salem.
Rajendra Dhamne, superintendent of Arthur Road prison, confirmed that Ahuja’s family had come to meet him. “His wife, brother-in-law and other relatives met him last week”.
He refused to confirm that Ahuja now shares the barrack with Salem. “He has been kept in a different barrack but I cannot reveal his location for security reasons,” Dhamne said.
“All new prisoners are first taken to barrack 1, where they undergo medical examination, and various other checks. Subsequently, the inmate is moved to other barracks, depending on the offence under which he has been booked,” said a jail official.
On June 18, Ahuja was reportedly beaten by jail officers and constables. The next day, he was attacked by 10-12 inmates, after which prison officials moved him to Salem’s barrack.