In a search operation in the Amritsar central jail, which is mostly in the news for the wrong reasons, the police on Friday recovered 19 mobile phones and six SIM cards.
Besides, suspected narcotic powder and opium was also recovered during the search operation that started at around 6 am and continued for four hours. Police personnel from a couple of other districts were also called in to carry out the operation. Jatinder
The police have registered a case in this connection and started investigations.
Giving details about the operation, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said, "There were certain inputs about the rampant use of mobile phones inside the jail by the inmates. Special police teams were formed and asked to conduct a search in the jail."
During the search, 19 mobile phones, six SIM cards, some opium and about 150 gm of suspected toxic powder were recovered, he added.
"We have registered a case in this regard and looking into the SIM cards to dig out the call details. The presence of mobile phones in the jail is a serious problem and criminals at times operate from inside the jail with the help of these mobile phones", Aulakh said.
ADCP (headquarters) Kuljit Singh, who was among the leading officers participating in the search operation, said, "The information about the operation was kept highly secret and this enabled the police to succeed in the recovery of mobile phones.
If the inmates get to have an inkling about the search operation, they manage to hide their mobiles as they have various hiding points in the jails. All the mobile phones are unclaimed, police will check them thoroughly."
Amritsar central jail is known for the use of mobile phones and drugs by the inmates. The recovery of mobiles and drugs from the jail is a regular affair. Friday's recovery of 19 mobiles from inside the jail has raised questions over the claims of jail authorities about regular checking and frisking inside the jail.