With gangsters brazenly updating their Facebook accounts allegedly from inside jails using mobile phones, especially after the killing of gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh Rocky, the jail department seems to have taken note.
The jails department these days is searching jails across the state to find out objectionable items, including mobile phones, being used by inmates.
Extensive searches have been conducted in Bathinda, Nabha, Ferozepur and Kapurthala jails.
Around 125 policemen from the district police, led by two SPs and four DSPs, searched the newly constructed Bathinda central jail at Gobindpura near here on Sunday evening. The search that started around 4 pm lasted for over two hours. SP (headquarters) Nanak Singh, who was part of the search operation, said it was conducted on the directions of SSP Swapan Sharma. However, the police could recover only a single mobile phone. Sources in police said the information about the search was leaked to the inmates following which the police could not recover much.
Talking about the exercise, additional director general of police (prisons) MK Tiwari said it had been started in jails across the state under which they had covered four jails till now. He said the search would also be conducted in other jails. He, however, did not give details.
Gangsters locked in jails operating their Facebook accounts allegedly from inside the jails has become a matter of embarrassment for jail authorities.
Though gangsters have been doing this in the past also, it has seen a rise since the murder of Jaswinder Singh Rocky, who was shot dead at Parwanoo on Saturday morning. The rivals on Facebook accounts boasted it as revenge for the killing of gangster Gurshahid Singh alias Shera Khubban, who was killed in a police encounter in September 2012. The rival gangs had seen it as a conspiracy by Rocky’s men.