Chandigarh: Within days of the news that a Tihar jail inmate was carrying two mobile phones in his stomach and was operated upon for the same, comes another such news of 4,000 mobiles seized from the jails of Punjab throughout the year. But finally, there is an answer to the big question — how did these mobile phones find their way into the jails?
Sources say, most of these mobile phones are inserted by the jail inmates in the rectum when they go out for their court hearings. When they are back in jail they push them out. Shivraj Singh Nandgarh, Superintendent Ludhiana Central jail said, “Not only do they insert the small kechaoda mobile phones but also packets of gukta and khaini – both are forms of tobacco and biddi, and cigarette packets. We have often been able to extricate them. Sometimes though, they make an issue out of it if the jail authorities fail to find anything.”
He added there are 4,000 inmates in the Ludhiana Central jail and on any given day about 400 prisoners have a court hearing. It is there that several of these prisoners are secretly able to meet their people and procure mobile phones. To escape from being caught, most of these prisoners shove their mobile phones into their rectums.
As per the jail officials around 70 per cent of mobile phones recovered in the jail premises are Kechaoda mini mobile phones. These phones are less than seven cm in length and three cm in width. It weighs not more than 30 grams and can be bought for just Rs 1,000.
Another way of access to mobile phones in the Punjab jails is by throwing packets of mobile phones inside the jail compounds. The police officials say that upon recovery of a mobile phone an FIR is registered under section 52A (1) of the prison act. However, since the section is bailable and the inmates while already in jail get bail in such cases thus they remain undeterred in repeating such crimes in the future as well.
Since mobile phones have become a major source of trouble, and a nuisance to law enforcement agencies giving easy access to criminals, gangsters, and drug peddlers to access their network in the outside world, the government is now planning to introduce radio frequency technology to jam the mobile networks.