A day in the life of Sanjay Dutt in prison

Sanjay Dutt surrendered in court on Thursday and will be sent to Yerwada Jail in Pune. Speaking to Headlines Today, ex-DIG prisons, Shri Karve revealed what a day in the life of Dutt would be like in jail.

“For the next approximately 3.6 years, Dutt will wake up at 5.30 am, get ready by 7 am and have breakfast between 7 and 8. After that he will work till noon. Then there will be lunch which will be followed by rest for some time. He will then work for another 4 hours and be back in his barrack by 5.30 pm. He will have his dinner by 6 pm,” Karve revealed.

“Following dinner, he will be allowed to watch TV for some time, but the jail authorities will have to permit him for that as he will have to watch it along with the other inmates. Keeping his security aspect in mind, he won’t be allowed to be with other inmates, so chances are that he will not get to watch TV. However, he will get books to read.”

As per the jail manual, he will be paid as per his skills. In his previous stint in jail in 2007, Dutt had opted for a chair weaving job in Pune’s Yerwada Jail.

The ex-DIG also spoke about remittance rules. “As per the jail manual, Sanjay Dutt will get a minimum 7 days’ remittance per month. After 2 and a half years, any convict, as per his behaviour, is allowed parole. So Dutt, having served 18 months earlier this time will be allowed a parole of 15 days after 6 months in any jail.”

Life as a convict
For the first six months, Dutt will be treated as an unskilled worker and will be paid wages of Rs 25 per day. After the first phase, his daily wage will be raised to Rs 35. On completing his training, he will be paid Rs 40 per day. He will be allowed a pocket allowance of Rs 1,500 per month from his family for purchasing toiletries or snacks from the prison canteen.

A maximum of 5 members of his family will be allowed to meet him once a month for 20 minutes. His activities on Sunday will include drudgework like washing his own clothes, in addition to other chores that jail officials allot him.

Dutt’s days in prison
5.30 am: Time to rise
6.00 am: Prayers
6.05 am: 45-minute-long session of PT and drill
7.00 am – 8.00 am: Tea and breakfast (might get poha, upma or sheera)
8.00 am: Work session (could be allotted work in the kitchen, carpentry or some other section)
11.30 am: Lunch (Chapati, dal, rice and vegetables)
12 noon – 4.00 pm: Another work session
4.00 pm – 6.00 pm: Reading (newspapers), or playing (volleyball, carom etc)
6.00 pm: Dinner (same as lunch)
6.30 pm – 9.00 pm: Watching TV in barracks with other convicts (only Doordarshan channels)
9.00 pm: Bedtime

What Dutt will be handed when he enters jail
>> Two Gandhi caps, two khadi kurtas and two pajamas
>> A mat, pillow, two blankets and a bedsheet


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