Deputy jail superintendent was selling drugs since 2009

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Oct 04, 2015 11:43 IST

The ongoing investigation into the selling of drugs on the jail premises has revealed that deputy superintendent of jail Karamjit Singh had been selling drugs in jail since 2009. The accused also provided mobile phones to druglords lodged in jails.

The probe was initiated after receiving inputs from intelligence agencies that Karamjit was hobnobbing with drug smugglers lodged in jails and even provided them mobile phones to facilitate their calls abroad. Intelligence agencies noticed frequent calls to overseas from specific phone numbers operating near the jail premises of Faridkot, Ferozepur and Kapurthala, and sounded police and jail officials. The timing of these phone calls corresponded to the posting of Karamjit at these jails. He has served in these jails since 2008.

After a probe that indicted Karamjit, the jails department shifted the case to the police, which has booked him under various sections of the NDPS and IPC.

Sources said the police investigation and intelligence inputs had corroborated that the accused had close links with smuggler Rajiv Raja, an aide of druglord Jagdish Bhola and smugglers Sukhdeep, Lucky Bhullar and Jagga. “He had six mobile phones which he used to provide to these smugglers in lieu of money and drugs, which he sold to jail inmates,” said an official.

The accused was facilitating drug smugglers by providing them VIP services in jail.

Sources said the Faridkot and Kapurthala police, which are investigating the matter, got registered confessional statements of some inmates before the judicial magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC about the modus operandi of the accused jail superintendent and how they (inmates) used to buy drugs from him.

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