The Bharatpur Central Jail officials were left red-faced after an undertrial lodged in one of its cells posted pictures of his barracks on Facebook on September 16, exposing the serious lapse of security inside the jail. In India, mobile phones are not allowed inside the jails.
Tinchu Chaudhary, 25, was sent to jail pending a trial against him on charges of stabbing his friend, Jay Singh, to death in August 2009 at Hatijar village in Bharatpur.
On Friday, around 4.32pm, the undertrial uploaded nine photos of the barrack on the social networking site. The pictures show him talking on a mobile phone, posing near the barrack’s gate and with a group of prisoners.
Regular posting of photographs on the social networking sites raises serious questions on how prisoners have the luxury of mobile phones with access to Internet inside the high security central jail.
Superintendent of the central jail Sewar Omprakash told reporters on Sunday that the jail staff had not found any mobile from the prisoner during examination. “But we are investigating the matter. He was shifted to the jail on June 16 from the Jaipur Central Jail. His Facebook account also has photos of the Jaipur jail.”
This is not the first time that mobile phones were sneaked into a jail in the state. In June last year, some jail inmates of Rajasthan’s Jodhpur jail had posted selfies on Facebook. Similar cases were also reported from two jails in Punjab — Bhatinda jail and Ropar jail — last year.