The Yerawada Central Jail,a historic bastion,having lodged several noted freedom fighters in its confines,is going through a period of transition. More than 100 years after it was built by the British,the jail continues to hog the limelight with a number of high-profile prisoners sent to this historic prison.
Established in 1871,the prison has held within its walls several stalwarts,such as Mahatma Gandhi,Indias first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and nationalist Subhash chandra Bose among others,during pre-Independence days.
The prison also made headlines in the international media last year after the hanging of Ajmal Kasab,the lone terrorist caught in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
Qateel Siddiquis murder by two Pune gangsters in June last year also brought the prison in the news for all the wrong reasons. Sanjay Dutt was also here for a short while before he was granted bail by the Supreme Court in November 2007.
Speaking on the transition that Yerawada Central
Prison has been witnessing,veteran social activist Baba Adhav said the increasing number of high-profile prisoners associated with it would gradually distance public from this monument of national significance.
The prison has already been witnessing high security arrangements in the wake of Kasab hanging and Qateel Siddiquis murder. Entry of several high-profile prisoners will make jail visits impossible for students and commoners, the 83-year old Adhav said,who has served several terms as a political prisoner.
Echoing Adhavs sentiments is 85-year old socialist leader Bhai Vaidya,who says that with the country having less number of political prisoners,the Yerawada Central Jail has been witnessing transition with most of its inmates being criminals and terror convicts.