Though he has been sentenced to death, German Bakery blast convict Mirza Himayat Baig has not been shifted to the ‘Fashi Yard’ in Yerawada Jail, where all convicts sentenced to death are lodged. He is still in the Anda Cell of the jail for security reasons and a team of 24 sentries guard him round the clock.
The Yerawada jail officials, who spoke to dna on condition of anonymity, said that though Baig has been temporarily kept at the Anda Cell, he will soon be shifted to the Fashi Yard.
The jail authorities have taken extra precautions and increased Baig’s security at the cell.
Speaking to dna, a senior jail officer of Yerawada jail, said, “After the sentencing on Thursday, Baig was lodged in the Anda Cell. As of now his food and cell where he is lodged have not been changed. His meal will be changed over the next couple of days. We have only increased his security.”
He has been given a woolen blanket that is meant for death row convicts.
When asked about Baig’s behaviour in the jail, the officer said, “Baig is normal. He knows that he is going to appeal to the high court in the next couple of months. As a result, he was calm during the night, but we have given special instructions to guards deployed on night duty.”
After the murder of alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Quateel Siddiqui, the Yerawada jail authorities are giving ‘special treatment’ to Baig.
The Yerawada jail authorities are serving breakfast and lunch to him in his cell and he is not allowed to enter the common passage.
A senior Yerawada jail official, said, “After Quateel’s murder, we are serving breakfast and lunch to Baig in his cell. He has been separated from other prisoners in the cell. Prisoners kept in the Anda Cell are allowed to stroll outside their cells from 9.45 am to 11.45 am every day. However, Baig is not allowed to do so.”
The jail authorities are keeping Baig away from dreaded gangster Sharad Mohol and his accomplice Alok Bhalerao, who are suspects in Siddiqui’s murder.