Sanjay Dutt aka Sanju Baba is one of the highly controversial names of Bollywood. The actor has seen so many ups and downs in his life that famous filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani decided to make a movie on him named ‘Sanju‘. The film is doing wonders on the box office and has also given people a chance to know the actor’s dark secrets from the past.
We all know that the actor’s name got involved in 1993 Mumbai bomb blast. The case went on to trouble him for 20 years. The downfall of the artist came when Supreme Court sentenced him to jail. In 1994, the actor was arrested from the Mumbai airport. A case was filed under his name under the Terrorist and Terrorist Movement Act. He was accused of being involved in the bomb blasts and acquiring weapons from Abu Salem.
But, is this true that Sanjay Dutt took AK-56 from Abu Salem?
Accepting the truth while confessing to the court, the actor made it clear that Mafia don Abu Salem came to his place in January 1993. Sameer Hingola and Haneef Kadwala were also with him. The magnum video owners (Sameer and Haneef) were allegedly considered close to the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. According to the actor, these three brought three AK-56 rifles and cartridges at his place.
Why Sanjay agreed to keep the weapons?
According to old reports, the actor badly wanted a rifle to protect his family during Mumbai riots. The actor has also confessed that his family had been receiving a lot of threats after the Babri Masjid demolition and the Mumbai riots. He was constantly worried about his family’s security. When Abu Salem asked him to keep the weapons with him for his family’s sake, he agreed. He kept a rifle and cartridge and returned the rest.
When Crime Branch caught Sanjay for keeping weapons that were the part of the arms consignments smuggled in for the serial blasts, the actor confessed that he kept just one AK-56 rifle and a revolver and returned the rest. He also told that he gave the AK-56 rifle and the revolver to his friend Yusuf Nalwala to destroy it in a foundry.
The case took a lot of twists and turns and the court gave the actor 6 years of jail under the Arms Act and acquitted him under the Tada Act.