During a statewide search operation in jails today, the police seized more than 60 mobile phones from prisoners and undertrials, besides a large number of SIM cards, tablets used as sedatives. The highest number of mobile phones (21) was seized from the Amritsar jail.
According to a Punjab Police press note, senior police, civil and jail officials conducted raids at different jails in the state this morning. The raids began simultaneously at all most all jails in the state, a spokesman of the Punjab Police said.
As per the information provided by the police, it seems the jails of Majha are the worst when it comes to taking the banned objects inside the jail premises. Fifteen mobile phones were seized from inmates at the Modern Jail Nabha while the number was 12 in case of Tarn Taran jail.
Acute shortage of jail staff, doctors and pharmacists also came to the notice of the officers conducting these raids. There is also a need to install CCTV cameras in jails, besides conducting regular checks by deploying sniffer dogs to check drug abuse.
During an interaction with the media on Saturday, Punjab DGP Suresh Arora had categorically said that emphasis would be laid on strengthening the jails not only by providing required number of police officers, but also enhancing electronic surveillance in the form of installing more jammers and CCTV cameras.
What was found
Amritsar 21 mobile phones, three headphones, eight SIM cards, 11 rolls of silver foil (commonly used by smack addicts)
Gurdaspur 500 gm narcotic powder, six mobile phones and a SIM card
Tarn Taran 12 mobile phones, four SIM cards and Rs 5,500 in cash
Hoshiarpur One mobile phone, narcotic powder
Mansa Four mobile phones, one SIM card and two batteries of mobile phones
Patiala Central jail Two mobile phone
Nabha Modern Jail 15 mobile phones
Sangrur Four mobile phones (two without batteries), three bluetooth devices, four sachets of tobacco and Rs 1,800 in cash