Drugs and phones in jail revealed by RTI reply
During a raid, narcotics and other banned items were seized from the inmates of Fazilka sub-jail in Punjab following which four employees of the jail including the deputy superintendent were suspended and now the government is thinking of punishing more jail employees across the state.
This is not the first such case in the state. Earlier in March 2012, superintendent and the deputy superintendents of Ropar jail faced criminal cases under NDPS Act for supplying drugs to prisoners. Similarly in May 2012, the warden of Bhatinda central jail was caught selling drugs to the inmates.
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has shown that intoxicants and 5 kg of opium apart from 237 mobile phones and 150 SIM cards were recovered from different jails in the state between 2009 and 2011.
Doctors working on the a covert health exercise across eight central jails in Punjab said that the prisoners consume more drugs and alcohol in the jail than when they are free and wondered whether where the inmates get the supply from.