In a serious incident pointing out the lax security measures in the jails of Jammu and Kashmir 20 cell phones have been seized in a raid from the sub jail in the district of Baramulla.

Acting on a tip-off that cell phones and other incriminating evidence was being used in the jail, a joint search was conducted by the Baramulla district Police and Jail authorities around midnight on 22 August.

The joint search led to a recovery of 20 cellphones from the possession of the inmates.

The Police has informed that an FIR has been registered and investigations are underway to find out how the alleged cell phones reached the inmates.

The Jail manual specifically restricts the entry of unauthorised material into jail premises. The role of jail staff is being investigated in the matter.

This is not the first time that cell phones and other articles have been recovered from the jail. Reports suggest that earlier in April, 14 mobile phones were seized from the sub jail.

These phones were being used by inmates to contact their Pakistani counterparts through WhatsApp. The inmates were held on the serious charges of militancy and stone pelting and causing unrest in the valley.

Surprisingly the seizure was made 3 days after Home Minister Rajnath Singh had revealed that Pakistan was using social media and other apps to promote unrest in Kashmir.

First Published | 23 August 2017 1:46 PM
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