Two cell phones and 20 packs of cigarettes were recovered from the possession of two inmates at Amritsar Central Jail.
The defendants were identified as Joban Singh from Kathunangal in Amritsar and Samsher Singh alias Shera from Batala in Gurdaspur.
The two defendants were charged under various sections of the Prisons Act at the Islamabad Police Station on a complaint from the prison authorities.
The first case was registered on the complaint of the deputy superintendent of the prison, Naresh Pal. He said: “On Wednesday, near the high security area of 8 Chakkian, Shera picked up a package thrown by someone from outside the prison. A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan attempted to take the package from the accused, but to no avail.
He said: “Shera came out of his cell and gave the cell phone after inserting a SIM card to fellow inmate Romanjit Singh. Later, Romanjit threw the cellphone and the package towards Barracks Number 2 as instructed by Shera. The CRPF jawan reported the incident to the control room. When a team of our prison staff led by the Superintendent of Security, Raja Navdeep Singh, carried out a search operation in the barracks, a mobile phone and 20 packs of cigarettes were recovered.
Similarly, the second case was registered on the complaint of the deputy superintendent of the prison, Suraaz Muhammad. He said during a routine check that a mobile phone with a SIM card was recovered from Joban Singh inside the prison.
The two will be brought in on a production warrant by the Amritsar City Police to unravel the link between cell phones and the smuggling of cigarettes inside the prison premises.