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Sanjay Dutt parole causes protests

A group of Republican Party of India (RPI) activists demonstrated outside the Yerawada Central Jail on Saturday, protesting the likely parole of jailed Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

Waving black flags and banners, the RPI activists shouted slogans demanding that Dutt should not be granted parole and must be treated like any other prisoner.

Police deployment has been beefed up outside the jail since Friday night with the expected release of Dutt, as his wife Maanyata Dutt is said to be unwell.

Dutt, 54, had recently applied for a month’s parole contending that he wanted to take care of his wife. The parole has been granted and he is awaiting release to return home to Mumbai.

However, Maanyata reportedly attended a film premier on Thursday night and her pictures were splashed in various online media sporting a jeans and T-shirt.

This would be the third time that Dutt has been released on parole in the past three months.

Dutt had been granted a fortnight’s parole for medical reasons on October 1 which was extended by another 15 days. He returned to the prison on October 30.

The actor is presently serving the remaining 42 months of his five-year sentence for involvement in the March 1993 Mumbai serial bombings.

Having served 18 months in jail as an undertrial, Dutt started his stint in the Yerawada jail on May 16 this year. In prison he has been employed in making paper bags which are sold outside through some NGOs.

Though he spent Diwali in jail along with the other inmates, he is likely to enjoy Christmas and New Year with his family.