State jail minister orders inquiry
The revealations made by the Jalandhar rural police that the main kingpin of the gang, involved in the smuggling of heroin, Shinder Pal, was running the racket from the jail through mobile phone, have put the jail authorities, Kapurthala, in the dock. Two persons of the gang had already been arrested.punjab Updated: Dec 15, 2013 23:13 IST
The revealations made by the Jalandhar rural police that the main kingpin of the gang, involved in the smuggling of heroin, Shinder Pal, was running the racket from the jail through mobile phone, have put the jail authorities, Kapurthala, in the dock. Two persons of the gang had already been arrested.
On the other hand, taking a serious note of the incident of use of mobile phone by prisoners, the state jail minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur, said that it was serious issue.
He said he would ask senior jail officials to conduct an inquiry that how Shinder Pal was running the racket through a mobile phone in the jail
Speaking with Hindustan Times, Phillaur said that he had no knowledge of this incident and said that stern action would be taken against those found responsible.
He said that the state government would install mobile jammers in Kapurthala Jail soon after installing jammers in the Gurdaspur jail so that these activities could be stopped.
HT also tried to talk to Kapurthala Jail superintendent G S Aulakh but he said that he was on leave and asked this correspondent to contact the officiating jail superintendent.When requested to give his contact number, he said that he did not had any contact number of the officiating superintendent.
Meanwhile, the Jalandhar rural police have brought Shinder Pal on two-day production warrant. The kingpin revealed to the police that most of influential prisoners had an easy access to the mobile phone in the prison and some jail security officials were also helping them.
Sources in the rural police said that without connivance of jail officials, Shinder could not secure mobile sims.Piyara Lal, who was arrested by the police, was one of the supplier of his gang.
Shinder Pal, alias Binder, was the kingpin of this gang and was facing 10 years' imprisonment and since 2009 he was in the jail.