The Mumbai Central Jail or Cenral Prison also referred to as Arthur Road Jail. The jail is located near Jacob Circle/Sat Rasta, between the Mahalaxmi and Chinchpokli railway stations. A monorail is being built nearby.
Here are 6 Things about Arthur Road Jail You Don’t know
1 It was built by Britishers in the Year 1926. The jail occupies 2 acres of land. It is Mumbai’s largest and oldest prison.
2 It houses most of the city’s prisoners. It was upgraded in 1994 to become a Central Prison and given its current official name (Mumbai Central Prison), but it is still popularly referred to as Arthur Road Jail.
3 Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist from the 26/11 terror attack, Kasab was hanged on 21 November 2012 at 7:30 am in Yerwada Jail. Kasab Was kept in Anda Cell (Special Secutirty Cell) of Arthur Road Jail during his Trial Period in the Bombay High Court.
4 Many Big celebrities such as salman khan, Sanjay dutt, Sooraj Pancholi, Shiney Ahuja, Piyush Sahdev have been kept at Arthur Road Jail.
5 Space is at a premium inside. The jail was originally built to accommodate 800 prisoners but the average number of inmates is 2000, far exceeding its capacity in terms of space, sanitation and other facilities.
6 The prison features in Gregory David Roberts’ award-winning book Shantaram. Book details his life on the run and his time spent in Mumbai, including a stint in Arthur Road Jail.