Police have thrown a thick security blanket in and around the Arthur Road central prison in Mumbai where a special court would begin hearing in the November 26 terror attack case on Wednesday.
In view of the sensitive nature of the case, Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Naseem Khan on Tuesday visited the jail to get first hand impression of the security cover.
"The government wants to ensure speedy trial and toughest punishment to Kasab (if found guilty). We will follow all procedures pertaining to law. Elaborate security arrangements have been made for smooth trial," Khan told reporters in Mumbai after reviewing the security.
The court, which was earlier housed in sessions court at Kala Ghoda in South Mumbai, shifted yesterday to the Arthur Road jail along with the staff and trunkload of documents and the 11,000 page chargesheet against lone surviving gunman, Mohammed Amir Ajmal Kasab and others.
Judge ML Tahilyani would preside over the court to conduct the trial which is expected to last for six months, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told PTI.
The judge has been provided Z security while prosecutor has Z plus security cover. Defence lawyer Anjali Waghmare, appointed by the court, has also been given Z security which comprises four armed security guards.