Underworld don Mustafa Dossa has moved the Bombay high court against what he claims is ill treatment at the hands of the police.
In a letter written from the Thane Central Prison where he is lodged, Dossa has claimed that the police party demands money to show up to escort him to the court for trials, which are usually held in the city. When they do escort him for trials, the police treat him like an animal and don't give him food, Dossa has alleged.
The letter says that Dossa, who is 64 years old and suffering from various ailments, is unable to take his medicines on time since the police keep him away from food, often for as long as two days. Often, he is given vada-paav as meal, which is insufficient, Dossa has complained. Dossa has also accused the escort party of deliberately delaying his trips to the court and to the hospital, forcing him to miss hearings and treatment. The gangster has also accused the police of racial abuse.
Dossa has also alleged that he has been falsely implicated in cases including the 1993 bomb blast case and has been in judicial custody for nine years without completion of trial.
Dossa has requested the court to direct trial courts to hold proceedings in his presence and also direct the police to produce him on time for the trials. He has also urged that the court direct the authorities to provide him with food and medicines and to treat him like a human being without tormenting him with racial barbs. The letter has been treated as a petition that will be heard on November 16.