Mumbai : City crime branch’s lockup is terror suspect Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal’s first home in Mumbai. This ground-plusthree-storey building within the premises of the police commissionerate at Crawford Market will be Jundal’s interrogation room-cumbedroom. It is the same lockup where 26/11 gunman Ajmal Kasab had been lodged during investigations.
The lockup is a drab room that has, in the past, housed don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, Dawood aide Ejaz Pathan, actor Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt and film financier Bharat Shah. The building is guarded by at least six cops. Security in and around the building was beefed up further on Saturday after Jundal was sent in the crime branch’s custody.
Next to the lockup building is the office of crime branch’s Unit 1, which is investigating 26/11 terror attack cases. Additional commissioner of police Ashok Durraphe, the chief investigating officer, also sits in the neighbouring building. Crime branch bosses and other investigators, too, are in the next building. The compound has offices of police commissioner Arup Patnaik, three joint commissioners, two additional commissioners and half a dozen deputy commissioners of police.
There are two policemen on each floor; more cops are posted outside Jundal’s cell. “Each floor in this building has four small cells. There are no fan or pillows. Two tubelights service the passageway. An accused gets food prepared by a governmentapproved contractor and water from a common tap,” said a police official. However, mo re tubelights have been installed in his cell, monitored by CCTV cameras.
The Times of India, July 22, 2012