Extradited gangster Abu Salem has sought a judicial inquiry into the alleged assault on him inside Arthur Road Central Prison on July 24, claiming that it was planned.
He has also sought inquiry into his subsequent transfer to the Taloja Central Prison.
In his handwritten letter sent to the Bombay High Court, Salem has claimed that the assault was a “premeditated move” by the jail authorities citing inability to provide security.
According to Salem’s letter, Mustafa Dossa, an alleged close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was a part of the conspiracy.
Both Salem and Dossa are being tried for their alleged involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
Salem’s letter alleged that all inmates were aware that Dossa had frequent meetings with the jailors prior to the incident outside Circle 1, where he was lodged. “This was a clear indication that jail authorities were in cahoots with Dossa,” the letter said.
Salem was lodged in Circle No. 10 at Arthur Road jail, which has six small cells. He shared it with Riyaz Siddiqui and Hasan Mehndi, co-accused in builder Pradeep Jain’s murder in 1995, and former naval officer Manish Thakur.
Thakur was booked for allegedly killing his girlfriend Koushambi Layek in an Andheri hotel in 2007.
When the four had learnt that Dossa was being shifted to their cell, they raised an objection with the jail superintendent, R. Dhamne, who assured them there would be no harm to their lives.
Salem also pointed out that in November 2005, the TADA court had told the jail authorities to keep all Mumbai blasts’ accused 15 ft away from each other. But Abdul Qayyum joined them after taking permission of the TADA court.
Salem alleged that the jail authorities were bribed by Dossa to extract undue favour to collude with them and eliminate him.
He also claimed that no permission was taken from the TADA court to shift him to Taloja Central Prison.