Days after the ACB arrested jail superintendent Vasudev Burkule and deputy Pratap Patharikar of Arthur Road central prison for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 35,000, the '60:40' ratio for prisoners in this jail has been stopped.
As per this 'ratio', prison inmates are required to pay 60% more than the actual market price of any goods that they require from outside the prison. According to sources, this practice being stopped is a rarity, because it's something that helps the prisoners as well as the staff.
And it was stopped because, after the ACB raid, jail authorities are simply scared.
An under-trail, who recently came out on parole said: "If an under trial or a convicted person is ready to spend money and have the right contacts, he can get anything and everything inside the jail."
According to a source: "Even for getting positive remarks from a superior officer for furlough and parole being sanctioned, money is demanded. If a person is dying inside but do not have money, he would be left to die. They are heartless."
"The under trial, Devendra Jagtap alias JD, who took a gun inside the Taloja jail and fired two rounds at Abu Salem who was sitting inside his cell, was provided the gun by his man when JD was taken for hearing in a session court. JD had bribed the jail authorities heavily for not being frisked while entering the jail with the gun," another source said.
"All inmates of the jail cannot afford to pay money as per the '60:40' ratio. Only high-profile inmates and underworld gangsters can afford it," added the source.
The younger brother of an under trail inmate said: "That it has stopped is good in one way as corruption would come down. However, these days authorities are not allowing us to even meet our relatives who are in jail. Earlier, after bribing them, I could easily meet my brother and give him homemade things."