RPI activists protest over parole to Sanjay Dutt
Dutt is convicted under the Arms Act for illegal possession of weapons in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case
Pune: Activists of Republican Party of India (RPI) today staged a demonstration in front of Yerawada Jail here, protesting the administration’s decision to release actor Sanjay Dutt on parole for a month.
Dutt, convicted under the Arms Act for illegal possession of weapons in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, had made a plea for temporary release from the jail stating his wife Maanyata was unwell.
Pune Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh granted parole to the actor on recommendation of prison authorities yesterday.
The RPI workers waved black flags and raised slogans condemning prison administration for showing “undue favours” to the Bollywood star and according him a special treatment.
They also demanded cancellation of parole to him. “We will organise a jail bharo agitation in Maharashtra if Dutt is granted undue relief and given special treatment as he is supposed to be treated the same way like other convicts,” a spokesman of the demonstrators said.
The 53-year-old, undergoing the remainder of his five- year jail term, had availed of a month-long leave of furlough in October on medical grounds.
The day of Dutt’s expected release on parole was not yet decided, jail sources said. The actor was shifted to the central prison here from Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail in May this year.