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Ajmal Kasab undergoing treatment at JJ

mumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2011 01:49 IST
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Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive during the November 2008 terror attack has reportedly gone into a shell and stopped interacting with anyone.

Kasab, who is lodged in a high-security cell at the Arthur Road prison, is not allowed to meet other inmates. He isn't allowed to read newspapers, or even step out of his cell. Therefore, he would frequently keep asking jail guards about the goings-on in the city.

"Previously, Kasab was quite conversational, and would keep the security guards outside his cell busy with his questions. With no access to newspapers, or television, they were his only source of information," said a source from the Arthur Road prison, on condition of anonymity.

"However, for over a fortnight, Kasab has gone into a shell. Now, even when we try and initiate a dialogue, he does not speak," added the source, who isn't permitted to speak to the media. "Such is his condition that he is not even aware of the blasts on July 13."

Surinder Kumar, inspector general (prisons) had an explantion. "It is normal for a person who is alone to withdraw from everyone. We have put him under psychiatric treatment for his condition, since we fear it might worsen," Kumar revealed.

Kasab was convicted by the Bombay high court for murder, conspiracy and waging war against the country, and was sentenced to death. He has been lodged in the Arthur Road prison since 2008.

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