Inter-gang rivalry within Arthur Road jail premises surfaced once again on Saturday after four persons attacked a henchman of gangster Abu Salem around 11.30am.
Mohammed Mehndi Hassan, accused in the murder of builder Pradeep Jain, was going to JJ Hospital for treatment for
his skin ailment when he bumped into his attackers while they were going to their barracks after meeting their families.
According to Hassan’s statement, there was no conversation between the three, but two of the attackers identified as Pradeep Pandey and Abhay Shelar hit him on his face with a sharp object.
He raised an alarm and the guards escorting Hassan nabbed the two and handed them over to the authorities. “Hassan had a skin infection on his chest and for the past three days, had been going to JJ Hospital with special permission from the court,” said an officer from the NM Joshi Marg police station.
This is the second instance within two months inside the jail premises.
On July 24, a Dawood Ibrahim henchman, Mustafa Dossa, and Abdul Qayoom attacked extradited gangster Abu Salem, after which the gangster was shifted to Taloja jail.
Hassan, a former driver of Salem, had been lodged in the barrack number 10 of the jail. Hassan suffered injuries on his face and hand in the scuffle that saw the four Pandavputra gangsters bash him up.
Hassan was admitted to JJ Hospital in the morning but was discharged after treatment and brought back to the jail hospital, prison officials said.
According to the NM Joshi Marg police they received a call from the jail authorities at 1.35pm when they rushed to the spot.
The police have booked the two attackers on the charge of assault under the Section 324 of the Indian Penal Code. “We are conducting enquiries and taking down statements of the witnesses to establish the sequence of events,” said Vasant Tajne, senior police inspector of NM Joshi Marg police station.