Scared of malaria, Abu Salem wants to be shifted

Days after he was shifted to the Taloja jail after being allegedly assaulted by a rival gangster, extradited don Abu Salem now wants to be moved out of this prison fearing an `attack` by mosquitoes.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2010, 23:47 PM IST

Mumbai: Days after he was shifted to the
Taloja jail after being allegedly assaulted by a rival
gangster, extradited don Abu Salem now wants to be moved out
of this prison fearing an `attack` by mosquitoes.

The rising number of malaria cases has created a fear in
the mind of Salem, who today filed an application before a
special TADA court seeking a transfer from the Taloja jail,
which according to him is infected with mosquitoes.

Salem was shifted to the Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai last
week after he was allegedly attacked by Mustafa Dossa, a close
aide of Dawood Ibrahim, inside the Arthur Road jail, following
an argument.

Salem, in his application, has sought to be shifted back
to the Arthur Road jail.

"Salem feels the Taloja jail is prone to Malaria and that
he too would be affected by the disease. He has also said that
he faces a threat to his life at Taloja jail," his lawyer Raja
Thakur said.

Special TADA Judge S T Mahajan has issued notice to the
superintendent of police of Taloja Jail and directed him to
file his reply by August 23.

Salem, who was extradited in 2005 from Portugal, is
currently facing trial in nine cases including the 1993 serial
bomb blast case.

PTI