Prisoner swallows razor blade, tries to smuggle it inside Mandoli jail
A prisoner lodged in northeast Delhi’s Mandoli jail has been admitted to a city hospital after jail doctors found a razor blade in his stomach.
Jail officers said the man had swallowed the blade — concealed in an adhesive tape — and was trying to smuggle it inside the prison. A senior jail officer, who did not wish to be named, said that the prisoner was returning from a court appearance on Tuesday afternoon. Prisoners are frisked at the jail gate before being allowed entry.
During the checking, the metal pole detector detected a foreign object in the man’s stomach, after which he was taken to the jail hospital for X- Ray. Raj Kumar, additional inspector general ,Tihar prisons, said the X-Ray examination showed the man had managed to swallow a razor blade.
“The prisoner was immediately rushed to GTB hospital. He is still being examined by the doctors there. We have in the past counselled prisoners and told them about the dangers of swallowing prohibited items. He must have got the blade while returning to prison from his court visit,” the officer said.
A surgical blade is the most common weapon used by prisoners in Tihar. It is also the most commonly smuggled item inside jails, owing to its size. Unlike knives and guns, which can be detected by prison officials, many prisoners manage to smuggle the thin razor sharp blades easily.
Jail officials suspect the prisoner may have planned to use the blade against his rivals in prison.
In August, two prisoners had to be hospitalised after jail officers found they had swallowed cell phones to smuggle it inside the prison. A cell phone is a prohibited item inside prison.
In one case, a prisoners from Tihar’s jail number 4 had even swallowed a mobile phone’s charger and a SIM card. He was operated upon at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital where doctors removed the charger and the SIM cards.