A day before actor Sanjay Dutt moved an application before the Tada court seeking permission to surrender at the Yerawada jail, the Arthur Road jail received an anonymous letter threatening to ‘blow up the jail’.
Following this, security at the jail has been beefed up as Dutt is likely to be held there briefly before being shifted to another prison, where he will serve the rest of his sentence.
Asked about the letter, inspector general (prisons) Vinod Lokhande said: “A letter was received on Monday. However, I will not be able to divulge the details.”
A jail source said that the letter was sent by post to the superintendent of Arthur Road jail, VD Burkule.
The letter, which was written in Hindi, allegedly stated ‘Hum jail ko uda denge’ (we will blow up the jail), said the source.
The letter has been handed over to the NM Joshi Marg police station for investigation.
A jail official said, “Since Dutt is a high-profile prisoner, a meeting was held within the jail premises between the inspector general and other senior prison staff to chart out the security procedures to be put in place.”
Dutt, who is expected to surrender on Thursday, will first be escorted to Arthur Road jail.
Sources say that Dutt is likely to be sent to Yerawada central prison in Pune.
Yerawada jail sources also confirmed that they have been informed about Dutt’s arrival.
Inspector general (west region) Rajendra Dhamne, however, says he has not been updated about Dutt being brought to the Yerawada prison.
Additional director general of Police (prisons), Meeran Borwankar, said a decision on where Dutt will be jailed has not been taken yet.
An Intelligence Bureau official visited the jail following the threat letter.