Abu Salem aide attacked in Arthur Road Jail

The victim - Mehndi Hasan – is an aide of gangster Abu Salem, who is also housed in the same jail.

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: In yet another gang war inside the Arthur Road Jail, a notorious aide of Abu Salem was attacked by another inmate inside the highly fortified prison here on Saturday.

The victim - Hassan Mehndi – is an aide of gangster Abu Salem, who is also housed in the same jail.

He was brutally attacked and punched in the face and eyes allegedly by four members of the Pandav Putra gang inside the jail premises.

Mehndi, who worked as a driver for Salem, sustained injuries in his eyes, face and hand and has been admitted to the jail hospital, according to the source.

He was a co-accused in the murder of builder Pradeep Jain and had been nabbed five years ago.

No official remarks have so far come from the police about the culprit as well as the motive behind the attack.

This is the second such incident of gang war in the prison in less than three months.

Earlier on July 24, Mustafa Dossa (an accused in the 1993 serial blast cases) and Abdul Qayoom, of another rival gang, had allegedly attacked Abu Salem with a sharp-edged spoon in a cell.

Last July 24, Salem had also been attacked by Mustafa Dossa by a spoon sharpened like a knife. He had sustained injuries on the face.

Salem, extradited from Portugal in 2005, is lodged in the same jail in connection with several offences.

Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab sentenced to death is also lodged in the same prison.

Police have registered a case and further enquiries are on in the matter.

Inputs from IANS