Maha jail inmates may lose luxuries like home food

Undertrials across jails in Maharashtra may lose access to luxuries like home made food, fruits, transistors and sweets in the backdrop of Mustafa Dossa`s alleged attack on extradited gangster Abu Salem in Arthur Road Jail.

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010, 15:11 PM IST

Mumbai: Undertrials across jails in Maharashtra may lose access to luxuries like home made food, fruits, transistors and sweets in the backdrop of Dawood gang member Mustafa Dossa`s alleged attack on extradited gangster Abu Salem with a sharpened spoon in Arthur Road Jail.

"The Home Department would go in an appeal banning access to special items permitted to the undertrials by the court," Principal Secretary of Home Department (Prisons),
Medha Gadgil said.

The Department decided to go in the appeal after Minister of State for Home, Ramesh Bagwe`s visit to Arthur Road Jail last month. He was surprised to see facilities available there and remarked that toilets for some prisoners were of `five star` standard.
It was the minister`s initiative to scrap the special facilities provided to the prisoners by the court, Gadgil said. However, she refused to divulge which facilities would
be scrapped.

"The appeal is in the formation state and the details about the facilities to be scrapped are yet to be worked out. It has also not decided if it should be made applicable for all the prisoners," Gadgil said.
Bagwe, after his visit, had said that the jail was like a hotel where all the facilities like utensils, tiffins posters of models and supply of fruits were made available for
some of the prisoners.

Bureau Report