As Dutt was being received by his family members and friends on Thursday morning, at least 30 relatives of other inmates were kept waiting for more than one-and-half hour more than the usual time to meet their relatives lodged in prison.
The Yerawada prison has visitor timings between 8 am and 10 am in the morning and 1 pm and 3 pm in the afternoon. The visitors for inmates are given dates and have to queue up in the visitors’ office located in front of the main gate of the jail. The door of this office opens at 8 am everyday. On Thursday, however, the office was not opened till 9.30 am.
A 45-year-old woman, who had come from Solapur district, to meet her son lodged in jail for murder said, “We reached here at 7.30 am and were not aware that Sanjay Dutt was coming out today. We had to wait till 9.30 am, later our time of visit was also reduced. Why do poor people like us have to suffer because of him? These visits don’t come often and the jail staffers behave with us arrogantly.”
An elderly man and her grand daughter, who had come from a Mumbai suburb to meet his son lodged in the jail for theft, said, “We knew that he was coming out and had anticipated that there would be issues. They cause traffic jams, delay our works just because they are celebrities.”