Today in New Delhi, India
Dec 12, 2018-Wednesday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Jailbirds to lose mobile ?power?

JAILBIRDS WILL soon become ?powerless? to use mobile phones clandestinely. The plug points through which they have been recharging mobile phone batteries will soon be removed in accordance with Prison Minister Rakesh Kumar Verma?s decision.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 01:21 IST

JAILBIRDS WILL soon become ‘powerless’ to use mobile phones clandestinely.
The plug points through which they have been recharging mobile phone batteries will soon be removed in accordance with Prison Minister Rakesh Kumar Verma’s decision.

The decision has been taken in the wake of frequent use of mobile phones by criminals and undertrials.

Even the plug points for running grinding machines will either be removed, or limited to a particular area outside the barrack, or kept out of the reach of the undertrials.

Jailbirds are in regular touch with the outside world, thanks to mobile sets that are smuggled into prison. Jail officials wondered how the prisoners used to keep their mobile sets functional for months without charging it.

The secret of the continuing use of mobile phones came tumbling out during a surprise raid conducted by the minister on Barabanki and other jails in the State.
During the raid, Verma found that undertrials had buried the mobile set in a hole to escape the eye of the jail staff. It was also noticed that the charger fixed at the plug point was connected to the mobile phone.

Later, Verma issued an order for removal of the plug point from the barracks and even limiting the number of plug points located near grinding machines.

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 01:21 IST