In a move to curb illegal activities within the high-security Indore central jail, the Indore Central Jail superintendent has decided to ban jail officials from carrying cellphone inside the prison, a senior jail official said Sunday.
Jail officials below the rank of deputy superintendent will not be permitted to carry cellphones with the core areas of the prison, and jail staff will be frisked, the official said.
"We are acting as per the jail manual," jail superintendent Gopal Tamrekar told HT. "Before entering into the prison's core area, jail officials need to surrender their mobile phones with the authorities at the gate."
The ban follows the September 4 killing of a notorious criminal and murder convict, Arjun Tyagi by a fellow inmate Jitendra Singh. Tyagi was shot dead by Singh inside the jail premises.
Jail authorities recovered mobile phones inside the jail premises on September 4 during the search operation launched after shooting incident. Later, on September 17, jail officials recovered a mobile phone without SIM card hidden under ground.
The prisoners openly flout laws with active collusion of the jail officials, said a source at the jail. Cigarettes, intoxicants, weapons and mobile phones are easily available in abundance inside the jail. The inmates are provided with every material of comfort in return of money, the source said.
"Prison administration earlier used to worry only about smuggled cigarettes, drugs and weapons inside the jail,"said a jail official, who is not authorised to speak to the media .
“Now it’s cellphones." Jail authorities are installing scanners and metal detector inside the prison, he said. "The government is taking several measures to crack down on cellphone possession inside the prison."