Following reports about the 26/11 terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab being down with dengue, civic officials plan to go to Arthur Road jail on Monday to fumigate the premises.
“The pest control officials have been regularly carrying out fumigation in the jail, except where Kasab is kept because of security issues. We have not found any mosquito breeding spots on the premises in the last few days,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner.
Kasab, the lone captured 26/11 terrorist, has been lodged in a special cell in Arthur Road jail.
Following the death of filmmaker Yash Chopra on October 21, the BMC intensified it anti-mosquito drive in high-profile areas. The administration plans to continue the drive until January.
Civic officials had then complained that its pest control officials were not allowed in commercial and residential high-rises, where most of the mosquito breeding spots were detected.
Taking a dig at the BMC, corporators said that now the administration cannot say that Kasab caught dengue at his workplace or in Kashmir.
“If Kasab has dengue, it obviously means that there could be a few mosquito breeding spots on the jail premises. The areas where the jail authorities allowed fumigation need to be checked,”said Asif Zakaria, Congress corporator from Bandra (W). “Now, the BMC may not be able to say that Kasab caught dengue at his workplace or in Kashmir.”
BJP corporator Manoj Kotak said, “Though we do not have any sympathy for Kasab, the civic administration needs to intensify its drive to ensure that the citizens do not suffer due to its lax attitude.”