Sanjay Dutt is Qaidi number 16656 at Yerawada jail

The convicted actor will be referred as qaidi (prisoner) number 16656 at the Central jail in Pune

Sanjay Dutt has got a new identity, courtesy the law. At Pune’s Yerawada Central jail, from today onwards, Sanju baba will reportedly be referred as qaidi number 16656 and this identity will be documented in the prisoners’ records book.

Now this number thing appears to be very filmi, no? Haven’t we seen superstar Amitabh Bachchan flaunting his numbers as a prisoner and coolie in several movies like Deewar, Kaalia and Coolie? Imagine apna Sanju baba too revealing his prisoner number in his own trademark accent – billa number solah hazaar che sau chappan (16656) to his fellow colleagues in jail!

Jokes aside, the Mumbai police authorities quietly shifted the Munnabhai actor to Pune’s Yerawada jail during the night of May 21. While during his last stay at the jail Dutt had taken up carpentry, this time he is expected to do labour work. He is entitled to a monthly allowance of Rs 1500 rupees from his family to buy essentials from the jail canteen, and can meet visitors once a month for just 20 minutes. The actor has also been allowed home food. But his request for electronic cigarettes has been rejected by the judge, who seems to have an anti-smoking bias. There will not be any special treatment given to Sanjay, except that required due to the threat against his life.