Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was released from Pune's high-security Yerwada Central Jail on Thursday morning, eight months shorn of completing his five-year sentence for his part in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
The 56-year-old Mr. Dutt has frequently been accused of being given special treatment amid his prison term buried in contention in which he spent over three months on leaves of absence and paroles.
A group of security personnel protected Mr. Dutt as he walked out of the prison with a substantial positive feeling at 8:30 a.m. in the wake of satisfying the requisite customs.
There was a touch of drama as the actor, who was granted reprieve on grounds of 'good conduct', saluted the prison on turning out and after that trudged ahead with a large bag on his shoulders.
Dutt kissed the ground as he strolled free from the jail in the western city of Pune. Outside the prison, he was welcomed by his wife Manyata, twins Iqra and Shahran and close friends including director Rajkumar Hirani. From the jail, Dutt went to Pune airplane terminal from where he loaded up a chartered plane to Mumbai. Reports say he will visit Mumbai's famous Siddhivinayak sanctuary to offer prayers. From that point, he will go to his mom Nargis Dutt's grave in Marine Lines before heading to his home in Pali Hill.
There is no easy walk to freedom, my friends, said a concise Mr. Dutt at the Pune air terminal, while straining to escape the battery of journalists. He additionally expressed gratitude toward his fans and said he arrived as a result of their support. He had before left the jail with a bag of personal belongings and a record.
The actor's early release has come as an alleviation for the Dutt family which has undergone the ordeal of seeing Sanjay Dutt stroll all through police headquarters, authority, court premises and jails, subsequent to the most recent 23 years from his date of capture in April 1993. Sources close to the family said that just about everybody including his sister Priya has been camping in Pune since Wednesday to bring the actor back home in a chartered flight to Mumbai.
His Bollywood friends were likewise happy at his release. While Hirani, who will in a matter of seconds start shooting a biopic on the actor, said he was exceptionally happy, filmmaker Subhash Ghai likewise said he needs to make a film with Dutt.