After two days in police custody, former deputy chief minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal was remanded in judicial custody on Thursday and sent to Arthur Road jail. He was lodged in the high-security barrack number 12, where high-profile inmates including Ajmal Amir Kasab, Sanjay Dutt and Yusuf Nullwala were kept in the past.
Bhujbal was brought to Arthur Road jail around 6pm on Thursday and after conducting a preliminary medical test inside the prison hospital, he was taken to barrack number 12.
Additional director general (Prisons) Bipin Kumar Singh told Hindustan Times, “I can only say that Bhujbal will be kept in a high-security barrack and we are taking all precautions related to his security.”
A senior officer in the prison department, who did not with to be named, said, “Bhujbal will be kept in barrack number 12; this is the most secure barrack.”
Dutt and Nullwala were both kept in barrack number 12 soon after the former was convicted in May 2013. They were kept on the ground floor of the same barrack that was earlier used by the ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border police) as a rest room. At present, Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Abu Jundal has been kept on the first floor of this barrack.