Ringing in trouble, 140 phones seized at Asr jail - ECAS Punjab

Ringing in trouble, 140 phones seized at Asr jail

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PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 18

No Deterrent

  • The presence of paramilitary personnel hasn't been a deterrent
  • Two warders were arrested this year for sneaking in phones
  • Smugglers have been caught operating drug network from the jail

Despite being guarded by paramilitary personnel, prohibited goods, mainly mobile phones, continue to be smuggled inside the high-security Amritsar Central Jail.

Six phones were seized on Monday — two from inmates, while others were found abandoned. In all, 140 phones were seized this year and 77 cases registered against 76 prisoners.

Officials claimed the jail's proximity to a densely populated area posed a challenge as unscrupulous elements flung illegal material over the boundary wall.

The alleged collusion of the staff with the jailed criminals and peddlers was another major factor. Two jail warders were arrested this year for allegedly sneaking in phones. An official said the complex's outer wall wasn't high enough to deter the accomplices of inmates from flinging things inside.

Security and Intelligence agencies have repeatedly expressed concern over the illegal activity as the jail also houses foreign nationals.

Arshdeep Singh, Jail Superintendent, said strict action had been recommended against the accused. "High seizures signify better vigil," he said.

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