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Cellphones recovered from high security J&K jail

However, jail authorities and senior police officers remain tight-lipped over the issue, reports Zorawar Singh Jamwal.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2006 11:46 IST
Zorawar Singh Jamwal
Zorawar Singh Jamwal

Taking a step forward in the ongoing investigations, police for the first time have recovered three cellphones, a charger besides one more SIM card of BSNL from the high security Central Jail of Kot Bhalwal in Jammu and Kashmir.

While the jail authorities and senior police officers remained tight-lipped over the issue, well-placed sources in the investigating team confirmed to Hindustan Times that three mobile phone sets, a mobile phone charger and a SIM card have been recovered from the jail. The total number of SIM cards has now reached four.

On December 18, Jammu Police, accompanied by jail staff and CRPF personnel, had cracked a whip on the detainees (293 militants including 41 foreign mercenaries) after it was discovered that mobile phones were being smuggling into the jail through which they were communicating with militants outside the jail.

Police had to trigger tear gas shells and a few round of bullets in the air for taking control over the situation after the detainees had gone on the rooftops of the barracks along with LPG cylinders, iron rods, wooden sticks, bricks and stones.

Furthering investigations to ascertain how mobile phone sets and SIM cards reached the high security Kot Bhalwal Central Jail and who were the plotters behind the attempted jailbreak, the investigating team on Friday made another breakthrough and recovered three mobile phones of Nokia company and one SIM card of BSNL.

Informed sources added, “Though the recovered mobile phones have been damaged and its is being believed that militants lodged inside the jail had attempted to completely destroy the mobile phones to ensure that the investigating police team is not able to trace the jail-mates who had used those mobile phone sets.”

Investigations are on in a case FIR No-70-2006 under Section 147/148/149/120-B/353/332 and 336 of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and the investigating team is expecting more revelations and new names to figure during further investigation.

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First Published: Dec 29, 2006 11:46 IST