The Crime Department (CB) has opened an inquiry into 23 circumstances of illicit use of cell phones by inmates of Central prisons within the State.
The federal government had ordered the investigation following a damning Prisons Division report that pointed to unchecked use of cell phones by politically influential prisoners to orchestrate crimes starting from gold smuggling to extortion rackets and hit jobs from inside jail precincts.
The transfer additionally comes towards the backdrop of allegations that prisoners convicted of crimes towards political detractors of the Communist Get together of India (Marxist) obtained preferential remedy in State prisons.
Officers mentioned incarceration offered a robust alibi for convicted crooks to direct crimes from inside prisons and escape the regulation unscathed.
The CB probe headed by IG S. Sreejith goals to place an finish to the development. It’s centred across the seizure of contraband cell phones from prisoners in Viyyur and Kannur jails throughout a shock shakedown by Director of Prisons Rishiraj Singh not too long ago.
Officers mentioned makes an attempt prior to now by the Prisons Division to put in jammers inside jails to dam calls had come to nought.
They mentioned cellular phone carriers ceaselessly shifted radio frequencies to offer higher connectivity to individuals dwelling within the neighborhood of prisons coated by jammers. The alterations foxed the jammers set to mounted frequencies and punched holes within the blockade of radio waves by jails.
Furthermore, blanket jamming of radio indicators had created severe points for native individuals. Many complained to service suppliers that they may not even dial-up emergency providers or regulation enforcement.
The CB would examine the provenance of the seized cellular units and SIM playing cards. Investigators mentioned preliminary proof pointed to the tacit cooperation of jail officers.
They mentioned aides of inmates usually chucked cell phones, SIM playing cards and energy banks over the wall of prisons at predetermined occasions. Furthermore, unlawful entry to cell phones was a major avenue for corruption inside prisons.
Inmates usually smuggled the units into prisons with the tacit assist of wardens. The CB has additionally sought the assistance of cellphone firms to detect the usage of contraband telephones in prisons.