Punjab police conducted a state-wide major search operation in various jails in the state on Sunday and recovered a large number of mobile phones, SIM cards, drugs and cash.
The search was conducted in jails in Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Fazilka, Moga, Faridkot, Mansa, Muktsar and in the maximum security jail at Nabha, besides the jails of Patiala, Sangrur and Rupnagar.
The task force at Amritsar, led by commissioner of police Amar Singh Chahal, recovered 21 mobile phones (including four smartphones), eight SIM cards, five batteries, two chargers, 11 leads, three headphones, and two memory cards, besides Rs 14,340 cash, 11 silver foils and 29 intoxicant tablets, the statement said.
“The search was a part of the ongoing drive to ensure that the jails in Punjab are free of objectionable/prohibited material and do not become house for drugs and organised crime,” Punjab police said in a statement.
The Hoshiarpur team that was led by SSP Kuldeep Singh recovered one mobile phone along with a charger while the Gurdaspur team led by SSP Jagdeep Singh Hundal recovered 430 gram of narcotic powder, six mobile phones and one SIM card.
In Patiala Zone, a police team led by SSP Fatehgarh Sahib Harcharan Singh Bhullar searched the Patiala Central jail and recovered two mobile phones, two SIM cards and one gram opium.
Similarly, 15 mobile phones were recovered from the modern jail at Nabha, four mobiles, three Bluetooth and Rs 1800 cash was recovered from Sangrur jail, four SIM cards from Barnala sub-jail and a SIM card was found in Rupnagar jail.
SSP Patiala Gurmeet Singh Chauhan-led police team searched high-security Nabha jail but nothing suspicious was recovered.
The statement said an acute shortage of jail staff, doctors, pharmacists, poor infrastructure of drug de-addiction centres came into notice during the search operation. It added more CCTV cameras need to be installed at crucial points and regular checking through sniffer dogs is also required in these jails.