Pune, Feb 25: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt finally walked out a free man from the Yerwada Central Jail here on Thursday after serving a 42-month prison-term.
Present to receive him outside the jail amidst tight security were his wife Manyata and their children, sister and former MP Priya Dutt and her family, film director Rajkumar Hirani, thousands of fans, a huge media contingent from across India and abroad.
As he came out of the Yerwada Jail where he had been for the last 42 months, he turned back and saluted looking at the flag. He kissed the ground, saluted the prison and then hefted a large bag on his shoulder to walk away to freedom.
His reply to questions on the feeling of being free finally was,
“There is no easy walk to freedom, my friends.”
Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment for illegal possession of arms during the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. Arrested in 1993, he had already served 18 months as an undertrial and then returned to jail in May 2013 to serve the remaining 42 months of his sentence.
Shortly after he walked out, the actor drove to Pune airport to board a chartered plane to Mumbai.
Once in Mumbai, he will proceed straight to the famed Siddhi Vinayak temple to offer prayers.
Then he will visit the Bada Kabrastan in Marine Lines and pray at the grave of his mother the late actress Nargis Dutt.
He is scheduled to interact with the media later in the day.