Even the high-security anda cell of the Arthur Road Jail has been breached by the mosquito. And Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the 26/11 attacker who has been sentenced to death, has been laid low by the deadly dengue.
Sources from jail told DNA on Sunday that a team of doctors from the state-run JJ Hospital is treating Kasab inside the prison. They have ruled out, for the time being, any possibility of shifting him to a hospital.
“Kasab has been suffering from fever since the night of October 31. His blood test report revealed that he has dengue. His condition is not serious and he is being treated by a team of doctors within the jail,” Meera Borwankar, additional director general of police (prisons), said.
Sources from the prison said Kasab had been complaining of feeling ill for a couple of days, following which the team of doctors looking after his health was called in. “As of now, no decision has been taken on whether Kasab will be shifted out of the jail. It depends on his physical condition. If the higher-ups decide on moving him to a hospital, security measures will be taken accordingly,” said an IPS officer.
Medha Gadgil, principal secretary (prisons), however, claimed to be in the dark about Kasab’s sickness. “I have no information about Kasab’s ill-health,” Gadgil told DNA.
After nearly a four-year-long legal battle, the Supreme Court on August 29 had confirmed the death penalty awarded to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative by a trial court which was later upheld by the Bombay high court. His mercy petition was rejected last month by the government, which has sent its recommendation to the President.
Kasab, along with nine other LeT terrorists, had landed in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, by sea from Karachi and had gone on a carnage, shooting dead 166 people. While nine of the attackers were killed by security forces at several places, Kasab was captured alive and has been lodged in a bomb-proof, egg-shaped cell at the Arthur Road Jail since his arrest.