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Abu Salem writes to Portuguese authorities again, a day after their visit

Salem wrote another letter to Portuguese authorities complaining that his life was under threat from Indian investigation agencies.

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2018 10:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Gangster Abu Salem is lodged in Taloja jail.
Gangster Abu Salem is lodged in Taloja jail.(HT File Photo)

A day after the visit of Portuguese authorities to Taloja jail, gangster Abu Salem wrote another letter to Portuguese authorities complaining about the lack of basic facilities, and threat to his life from Indian investigation agencies.

Salem, who was extradited from Lisbon in Portugal in 2003, has been complaining that the clauses mentioned in the extradition treaty were flouted. Two officials from the Portuguese embassy in Delhi, along with members of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), visited the jail to check its overall condition and the facilities given to the convicted gangster.

In the 18-page letter, Salem claimed the jail authorities did not allow the officers from Portugal to visit his cell or meet him separately. Salem also described the way in which he is kept in jail and complained about lack of facilities, alleging he is suffering from ailments owing to it. The gangster has claimed he has been kept in solitary confinement and the cell had no basic facilities.

In the latter part of his letter, Salem claimed he feared the central agencies would kill him. “I call my lawyer every day for ‘mulakat’, to check whether the Indian authorities have kept me alive or killed me,” Salem claimed.

He claimed that “the main plan of the Indian authorities is to keep me confined in such a condition for 25 years to frustrate me. So I will lose my senses and become mad or kill myself”.

He has requested the authorities to rescue him and keep him in the custody of Portugal embassy in Delhi or in a jail in Uttar Pradesh, till a decision is taken.

First Published: Jun 14, 2018 10:06 IST

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