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Anti-drug drive: 250 cops inspect Kapurthala jail, return empty-­handed

In a major search operation targeting the alleged drug nexus in Kapurthala Modern Jail, over 250 policemen, led by two superintendents of police (SPs) conducted a raid here on Saturday. The search teams, however, failed to make any big recovery in the four-hour long drive.

punjab Updated: Apr 23, 2017 13:05 IST
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The drive was planned following the recent clashes between inmates and recovery of drugs and mobiles from the jail premises.
The drive was planned following the recent clashes between inmates and recovery of drugs and mobiles from the jail premises.(HT Photo)

In a major search operation targeting the alleged drug nexus in Kapurthala Modern Jail, over 250 policemen, led by two superintendents of police (SPs) conducted a raid here on Saturday. The search teams, however, failed to make any big recovery in the four-hour long drive.

The drive was planned following the recent gang wars between prisoners and recovery of drugs and mobiles from the jail premises.

But in this extensive raid police have recovered a mobile handset along with some iron rods inside the jail premises. “We carried out an extensive search in the morning inside the Modern Jail but nothing objectionable was found. The mobile was recovered near prison barracks,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sandeep Kumar Sharma said.

Sources said, “On the basis of inputs from intelligence reports, a police team comprising of 250 police officials led by SP security, Balbir Singh, and SP investigation ,Bahadur Singh, conducted the drive that began around 5 am.”

“It is surprising for us as well that nothing objectionable was found during the drive. On a routine checking jail staff recovers dozens of mobiles from inmates,” a senior police officer said on request of anonymity. Now, the police are planning to take convict Dalbir Singh in remand for questioning.

The accused was involved with the jail guard in supply drugs in jail.

PREVIOUS INSTANCES

On Friday, jail staff had recovered 190 intoxicant tablets from an inmate identified as Gulshan from Jalandhar during a routine search operation.

Kabal Singh, a jail security guard, was arrested by Kapurthala police on April 10 on charges of smuggling drugs in jail, running drug nexus inside the jail premises with assistance of jail staff.

In other past recoveries the jail staff had recovered 5gm intoxicant powder on July 11, 2016; 20gm charas and intoxicant tablets on August 25, 2016; 90gm charas and 25 intoxicant tablets on November 9, 2016; 45gm charas, 4gm intoxicant powder, 130 intoxicant tablets in December 26, 2016 and 35 intoxicant tablets in January 20, 2017.

Similarly, around 35 mobiles have been recovered so far in 2017 from inmates by the jail staff.

While 82 mobile phones along with SIM cards and chargers were recovered in 2016.