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The Indian Herald

April 10, 2009

I was tortured, beaten up in custody: Sanjay Dutt

Bollywood star and Samajwadi Party leader Sanjay Dutt has alleged that the Mumbai police had tortured him when he was in custody in the Mumbai blasts case.

"They used to tell me that my mother (Nargis) was a Muslim and would beat me", said Dutt, addressing a rally for the Samajwadi Party candidate in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

"Then they would say that my father (Sunil) was a Hindu and would again hit me". Dutt said that after his arrest under the TADA law, he was forced to make a confession.

He said that the police can force anybody to confess anything. Dutt went to say that if he was given power, he could also force any policeman to accept that he was the chief conspirator behind an attack like 9/11 Twin Tower destruction in America.

Dutt said that the now-defunct TADA and the POTA acts were draconian laws and victimised ordinary and poor citizens. The Mumbai police have countered the charge and said that Dutt was not subjected to harassment or torture.

Sanjay Dutt was arrested for possession an AK 56 rifle following Mumbai bomb blasts. Though he claimed innocence, he was slapped with TADA and had spent time in jail. Sanjay's father Sunil Dutt was a Congress leader and his sister Priya is now contesting in his place.

However, Sanjay had recently joined the Samajwadi Party. He intended to fight from Lucknow but a recent Supreme Court order barred him from contesting the Lok Sabha elections.

TIH Bureau

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