Mumbai: Deported gangster Abu Salem on Friday tested positive for Plasmodium vivax malaria, but refused to get admitted to the prison ward of the state-run JJ Hospital and demanded a separate room. When the treating doctor refused, Salem decided to go back to the jail where he fell sick rather than remain in the care of JJ Hospital.

Lodged in the high-security cell of the Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai since over two years, Salem was brought to JJ Hospital for tests after he complained of fever and shivering. His case has now raised serious concerns about the hygiene and condition of prisons in and near the city as well as in the rest of the state.

Executed 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab had also tested positive for dengue during his stay in Arthur Road Jail. According to JJ Hospital sources, Salem was brought to the emergency ward of the hospital amid tight security on Friday morning.

He complained of running a temperature 99 to 100 degrees C and even said he had been shivering since the previous day. And he informed the treating doctors that he had already taken a paracetamol tablet before coming to the hospital.

Salem was then referred to doctors from the medicine department, who examined him and advised a blood test. He was asked to wait until the test report arrived. A few hours later, the test report confirmed that Salem had P vivax malaria. He was advised by the treating doctor to get himself admitted to the prison ward.


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