Sanjay Dutt walks free, says “I am not a terrorist”

first_imgPune/Mumbai, Feb 25 (PTI) Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt today walked out of Yerawada jail a free man after being released 103 days ahead of his prison term and asserted that he is not a terrorist and wants to leave behind the bitter memories of conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.”I am not a terrorist. I have been acquitted of charges under TADA and conspiracy. The Supreme Court had also acquitted me under (IPC) section 120-B of conspiracy and TADA. I got the sentence under the Arms Act,” the 56-year-old actor said, addressing the media after returning to his Mumbai home.”I request the media that whenever they write or mention anything about me, dont write 1993 blasts case before my name… Im not into it,” Dutt said.According to ADG (Prisons) B K Upadhyay said the actor did not get any special treatment in prison.A relieved Dutt, clad in a blue shirt and jeans, stepped out of the Yerawada prison near Pune, lugging a huge bag.As he walked out, Dutt turned back and saluted the tricolour atop the prison building and touched the soil before heading to the car in which his wife Manyata, twins Iqra and Shahraan and filmmaker-friend Rajkumar Hirani.Before taking a chartered flight to Mumbai, Sanjay told reporters at the airport, “There is no easy walk to freedom, my friends”.Dutt was set free after completing prison formalities at around 8.45 AM and came out escorted by police who had tightened security in the area.Dutt, son of Indian film icons Sunil and Nargis Dutt, returned to his home at Bandra in Mumbai to a grand and emotional welcome by his family members, including two children, and sisters Namrata and Priya.advertisementLanes leading to his house were lined with hoardings like “Welcome Back Sanju Baba”, “Bandraites Welcome Back Bandra Boy Sanjay Dutt” with a picture of young Dutt with his mother Nargis.Also, a photo of his late actor-politician father Sunil Dutt was put up at the gate of his building Imperial Heights along with a message that read – “Dutt Sahab Amar Rahe”. Fans were seen eagerly awaiting Dutts return.After landing in Mumbai, the actor visited the Siddhivinayak temple and his mother Nargis Dutts grave.”She (Dutts mother) passed away when we were very small. I went to seek her blessings as I am a free man today,” he said.The actor said, “For 23 years I have been waiting for this moment… for freedom. I did everything (followed the law). Its a feeling that will take a while to sink-in.””I miss my father (Sunil Dutt) today. I wish he was alive to see this day… if he would have been (alive), he would have been the happiest person,” he said. MORE PTI HBJ KKP VT GK NM BK VMNlast_img read more

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