The Sabarmati Central Jail authorities have finally decided to provide three books on medical science to a 2008 serial blast accused. Earlier, the authorities had refused saying it could “be misused”. Following a court order on Thursday, the officials assured that the books will be given to the prisoner.
The under trial prisoner Mirza Ahmed Baig was an “MBBS house surgeon”. Baig in his complaint before the designated court wrote that after “two years of persistent refusal, the jail authorities finally committed to give three books after his visiting relatives warned to approach the court.
However, after three weeks, the jail authorities reneged on their commitment. Baig then wrote to the court in English, “The past seven years of incarceration has faded my medical knowledge which I desperately and earnestly desire to revive and regain. I also wish to prepare for the tough PG medical entrance examination. But the callous jail authorities are making all efforts to sabotage my medical career by not providing me the medical books.”
On March 13 the jail authorities submitted before the court that if these books are provided to the the accused he may misuse it. Out of the 74 people were booked in serial blast cases, all alleged members of SIMI and Indian Mujahideen, 24 were booked in 2013 for an audacious jail break attempt in which they had dug a tunnel from the barracks in Sabarmati Jail, and were found out. When asked about the case special public prosecutor HM Dhruv said that the jail authorities move was based on jail manual and following the order the books will be provided to Baig.
On April 4 special designated judge PC Raval ordered the jail authorities that such books should be provided to Baig.
The order mentions that “…it is prima facie found on record that the concerned accused is a person of science and he wants to revise and regain the knowledge by medical books. So, taking into consideration of nature of trial with the accusations, the court does not see any endanger or strong apprehension…” However, on Wednesday when trial started AN Alvi orally told the court that the jail officials have not complied with the order.
On Thursday Amit Patel, public prosecutor, orally informed the court that the books will be provided to Baig and the delay was caused due to some procedure required before complying with the order.