Chandigarh: Ever heard of a man having swallowed a cell phone, and not one but four of them? Well, a notorious robber lodged in Tihar Jail of Delhi swallowed four mobile phones to smuggle them into the jail. His misfortune, he wasn’t able to take them out.
All hell broke loose when in July this year every time Raman Saini, 28, accused of robbery would cross the metal detector while entering the jail premises, it would beep. A thorough frisking of his body would reveal nothing at all. However, in August this year, the jail authorities became convinced that the mobile phones inside Saini’s stomach were triggering the detector.
Subsequently, Saini was taken to the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya hospital DDU, however, the X-Ray reveal nothing inside his body. The doctors then referred him to Govind Ballabh Pant hospital for a CT scan. The CT scan and endoscopy finally revealed that Saini was carrying mobile phones inside his stomach.
Saini had swallowed four Kechoada cell phones roughly measuring 0.66 inches of thickness in his stomach. On September 7, the doctors at the GB Pant hospital operated on Saini and they were able to remove two phones. The other two are still lodged inside his stomach and now Saini needs invasive surgery.
Doctors said the other two phones inside Saini are lodged at a place that holds food in the stomach until it goes to the next stage of digestion.
There is no threat to Saini’s health currently, however, continuous corrosion of the phones is possible due to the release of acid in the stomach. There have been cases in the past of prisoners swallowing large items such as plastic-wrapped packets of drugs, surgical blades, etc.
Sources say, items such as a cell phone if swallowed directly will get corroded by the acids present in the digestive system and endanger the life of the carrier. This is why such items are first laced with methylene blue—a blue dye used to stain cells—and then packed in plastic, rubber, or even condoms. If the plastic covering gets corroded the carrier’s urine turns blue in colour due to the methylene blue, an indication for the carrier to seek help.