Taking cue from the famous wordings of JNU student Umar Khalid who said, “My Name is Umar Khalid and I am not a terrorist,” Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt walked out of jail to freedom reiterating that he is not a terrorist. He was jailed in an arms possession case that drove him from prison to shooting and to prison in the last 23 years.
However, the actor kissed the ground and saluted the national flag immediately after walking out of the jail so that the right wing parties are not embarrassed. “I waited for this day of azadi for 23 years,” he told reporters much later at his home.
“I am not a terrorist. I was in jail under the Arms Act. It is a request, please don’t call me a 1993 Bombay blast convict,” he requested the media persons who were preset at a press conference.
He walked out of Pune’s Yerwada jail at 8.45 am with his wife Maanayata, twin daughters Iqra and Shahraan and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, his friend, waiting outside. He had handed over the Rs.440 remuneration for his services inside the jail to his wife, who he said had put up the most suffering days.
The actor drove straight to the airport and took a chartered flight to Mumbai. Before taking the flight, he told media, “There is no easy walk to freedom, my friends.”
Once in Mumbai, Sanjay Dutt headed straight to the famous Siddhivinayak temple and then went to his mother Nargis Dutt’s grave in Marine Lines before heading to his Pali Hill home.
Sanjay Dutt, the star of Munnabhai series, was released three months ahead of his term on the grounds of good behaviour, which was challenged in the Bombay High Court.
He had spent 118 days in jail since May 2013 after the court sentenced him in arms case.In 2007, Sanjay Dutt was found with AK-56 rifle and a pistol kept in his house by those involved in the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai that killed 257 people.