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Sanjay Dutt released from jail 103 days early

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has been released from jail.
The 56-year-old actor was originally sentenced to six years behind bars in 2007 for purchasing weapons from bombers who attacked Mumbai in 1993 with a series of blasts, claiming 257 lives and wounding 713 others.
Dutt spent 18 months in jail before appealing against his punishment in 2007. Judges at India’s Supreme Court then reduced his term to five years, convicting him of holding illegal arms in the run-up to the explosions across Mumbai.
The attacks are believed to have been organised by bosses of an underworld crime syndicate, but Dutt claimed to have no knowledge of the plot at the time he purchased the guns.
On Thursday morning (25Feb16), Dutt was released from Yerwada Central Jail in Pune, India – 103 days ahead of the completion of his term.
The actor looked delighted as he left the prison and kissed the ground before making his way to the airport to travel back to Mumbai, where he lives.
“I am out here because of their (fans’) support. There is no easy walk to freedom, my friends,” he is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
His early release from prison was due to a remission of 144 days that had been granted on the grounds of good behaviour and Dutt involving himself in community activities inside the prison, such as running a radio programme.
“His remission was worked out in compliance with jail rules and he was treated like any other convict,” Superintendent UT Pawar, the chief of Pune Yerwada Jail, told the Press Trust of India agency.

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