Attack on Salem triggers concerns about Kasab

Underworld don Abu Salem, who was attacked inside the Arthur Road Jail last week, has said there was threat to his life from the Dawood Ibrahim gang.

Last Updated: Jul 26, 2010, 23:51 PM IST

Mumbai: Underworld don Abu Salem, who was
attacked inside the Arthur Road Jail last week, has said there
was threat to his life from the Dawood Ibrahim gang.

Salem was attacked by Mohammed Mustafa Dossa, said to be
member of the D-gang, with a sharp object on Saturday.

"In Taloja jail, there is threat to my life...In the
Arthur Road jail, the Superintendent was asked not to put
Dossa (in the same cell where I was lodged)... despite that,
he was put there", Salem told a TV channel.

Salem was shifted to Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai on
Saturday after the attack on him.

Salem denied that he was attacked following an argument
with Dossa.

"I had asked the Arthur Road jail suprintendent, two
months back, to not keep Dossa, with me. But my plea was
ignored and he was lodged with me. The jail suprintendent had
also warned me that an attack is possible. But even after that
Dossa was kept with me," he said.

An FIR against Dossa and his accomplice was registered
under section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous
weapons or means) and further probe was on, police said.

Salem, who received injuries on his head, neck and
shoulders was profusely bleeding when the cops reached the
spot near barrack No.10 where Salem and Dossa are housed along
with scores of other prisoners.

42-year-old Salem, a key accused in the 1993 serial bomb
blasts, has been lodged in the South Mumbai jail since his
extradition from Portugal in 2005. He is facing trial in nine
cases, including two murders.

The attack on Salem has left the authorities worried as
Kasab, awarded death penalty by the anti-terror court three
months ago in the 26/11 case, is lodged in the same jail.

-PTI