Indian Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt (C) and film director Mahesh Bhatt (R) leave Dutt's residence to surrender to a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court  in Mumbai on May 16, 2013. —AFP Photo
Indian Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt (C) and film director Mahesh Bhatt (R) leave Dutt's residence to surrender to a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court in Mumbai on May 16, 2013. —AFP Photo
 Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt is serving  the remaining three-and-a-half years of his jail sentence for possessing illegal weapons, in a case linked to deadly bomb blasts in Mumbai 20 years ago.—File Photo
Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt is serving the remaining three-and-a-half years of his jail sentence for possessing illegal weapons, in a case linked to deadly bomb blasts in Mumbai 20 years ago.—File Photo

NEW DELHI: Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt, who is in jail for arms possession, is being held in a cell built for militants where he cannot see daylight and wants to be transferred, a report said Saturday.

Dutt, 53, surrendered on Thursday to serve out the remaining three-and-a-half years of a five-year term in a case linked to deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings.

Dutt's lawyer, Rizwan Merchant, has demanded the transfer of the actor whom he said was being kept in the cell once occupied by Mumbai attacks gunman Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, according to the Indian Express daily newspaper.

Pakistani-born Kasab was executed last November, nearly four years after 166 people died in a three-day rampage in the Indian metropolis.

The steel bunker specially built for Kasab at Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail had no ventilation and the actor could not even tell if it was day or night, the lawyer said.

“He (Dutt) is not a terrorist” and should not be kept in such a cell, the lawyer was quoted as saying.

There was no immediate comment available from the jail.

The actor, whose parents were two of India's biggest stars, shot to fame in the 1980s in a string of action movies in which he performed his own stunts, earning him the nickname “Deadly Dutt”.

He was convicted in 2006 of possessing guns supplied by gangsters who staged the 1993 bomb attacks that killed 257 people but was freed on bail after serving 18 months in prison. In March, the Supreme Court upheld Dutt’s conviction.

He was cleared in 2007 of more serious conspiracy charges in the blasts, believed staged by Muslim underworld leaders in revenge for religious riots in which mainly Muslims died after the razing of an ancient mosque by Hindu zealots.

Dutt, whose mother was Muslim and father Hindu, was found guilty of possession of an automatic rifle and a pistol which he insisted were only meant to protect his family in Mumbai’s charged atmosphere following the mosque’s destruction.

After the Supreme Court upheld his conviction, the father-of-three wept and declared himself “a shattered man”.


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yusufkhan1972@yahoo.co.in
May 18, 2013 09:00pm

Is it necessary to write that his father was a Hindu and mother a Muslim. Perhaps this is necessary to ignite religious passions. Do you have any doubt in Indian judicial system. Sanjay Dutt was involved in keeping clandestine guns for which he is paying. In fact he might have received a life sentence thanks to his high approach and money spent on best attorneys to played his case.

muzammil ullah khan
May 18, 2013 10:48pm

The poor guy has taken with him Gita and other Hindu holy books to his cell but he still can't wash away the perception that he is a Muslim because his mother was a muslim . He is being treated the way the Indians treat any muslim ! So if he is kept in a cell reserved for those who are to be hanged (kaal kothri) , it doesn't come to me as a surprise . Justice is blind ( in India )where Muslims are concerned . Justice is blind in Pakistan where Musharraf is concerned !!

Anshuman Patnaik
May 19, 2013 01:51am

The conviction of Sanjay Dutt was because he could not comply to the law of the land. But interestingly, there was mention of the religious affiliation of his parents. This is sends wrong signal across the readers and hence such mentions must be restricted unless necessary.

Buthcher
May 19, 2013 02:58am

Keeping him in Kassab's cell mean they want to get a message across to Sanjay Dutt. In India a killer and rapist goes free but a man whose Mom was Muslim who had some sympathies with families who died in riots will go to jail despite he is biggest super star. Sanjay Dutt (aka Amjad) will born in thousands of families across Sub-continent. Sanjay you are still our hero and will always be hero. Allaha bless you!

Kumar Anil Nayak
May 19, 2013 11:13am

@muzammil ullah khan:

What's wrong with you ? Is this what you have learned from your family and society ? A culprit is a culprit irrespective of his religion and personal identification.If we had such grudge against him , then we would not allowed him to become a super star in India and had put him behind bars just after this incident . There are whole lot of things in this world other than this religion . Sometime think about those things and you will be a nice person . But this is not your problem , this is the problem with your leaders and founding fathers of the country . You can't get out of that self created mental and physical ghetto irrespective of any amount of effort you put..

Syed
May 19, 2013 01:17pm

In fact I did not know. that his name is Amjad. Somehow I donot believe it. It is. very sad that far lone brother is crying for his brothers. In India. Should I say thanks. or. please get real Muslim. I am not a crmnologist. But. May be he is kept there for his. safety. Forgive me if if I am unpleasant.

Ather
May 19, 2013 06:22pm

His father has been an MP and is known to have protected Muslims always during Riots when Muslims are chased by the VHP/ Shiv Sena supported by the Police. The fact that the Mumbai Police always support rioteers against the Muslims cannot be denied. So how can a person protect the people he has given refuge at his property against armed assisns, unless he has some fire arms? Obviously the assissins are not practcing "Ahnisa" as taught by their "Bapu". Therefore the local justice system must put such elements behind the bars so that the Police can do their job effectively "by eliminating the muslims". I am sure this post is going to win a lot of thums down from the peiople who know these facts but still deny it.

raja hindustani
May 19, 2013 11:15pm

"Dutt, whose mother was Muslim and father Hindu" Dear Dawn, This is NOT good journalism. Please do not put religion everywhere. Even If you are so keen to tell your reader about Sanjay Dutt family background, you would have written like this: "Dutt, whose mother- Nargis & Father- Sunil dutt- both were great actors in Indian film Industry."

raja hindustani
May 19, 2013 11:15pm

"Dutt, whose mother was Muslim and father Hindu" Dear Dawn, This is NOT good journalism. Please do not put religion everywhere. Even If you are so keen to tell your reader about Sanjay Dutt family background, you would have written like this: "Dutt, whose mother- Nargis & Father- Sunil dutt- both were great actors in Indian film Industry."

raja hindustani
May 19, 2013 11:17pm

"Dutt, whose mother was Muslim and father Hindu" Dear Dawn, This is NOT good journalism. Please do not put religion everywhere. Even If you are so keen to tell your reader about Sanjay Dutt family background, you would have written like this: "Dutt, whose mother- Nargis & Father- Sunil dutt- both were great actors in Indian film Industry."

Ali
May 19, 2013 11:30pm

@Kumar Anil Nayak: What is wrong with u?

Anidesh, Mumbai
May 20, 2013 09:32am

@muzammil ullah khan:

Crime and punishment is independent of one's religious belief. The Law treats everyone same. Mixing religion in every breath is not a good practice, kindly excuse.

Anidesh, Mumbai
May 20, 2013 09:39am

@Ather : He is found guilty of keeping weapons with him, and not for protecting Muslims. Even the religion does not allow to judge things in favoritism. Crime is a crime whoever doing. Still I adore Sanjay Dutt as a talented actor.

rahul
May 20, 2013 11:33am

@muzammil ullah khan: Justice is blind ( in India )where Muslims are concerned ... I have an objection to this statement... Muslims in India are enjoying the red carpet treatment... Tell me the conditions of hindus in Pakistan... You self centered layer...

rahul
May 20, 2013 11:35am

@muzammil ullah khan: Justice is blind ( in India )where Muslims are concerned ... I have an objection to this statement... Muslims in India are enjoying the red carpet treatment... Tell me the conditions of hindus in Pakistan... You self centered layer...