A mobile phone was recovered from an inmate during an unannounced search at Central Cobert Prison days after a guard reported being intoxicated on duty.
Prison officials recovered 45 electronic devices, including 12 mobile phones, power banks and others, during a search operation on the prison grounds, officials said.
“We conducted a surprise check on the prison grounds, which will be conducted regularly in the future. After the check, we found 12 mobile sets and other gadgets. ” said Bosco George, the prison inspector general.
No cases have been registered, but authorities are expected to follow prison rules while dealing with inmates in whom the gadget was found.
The IGP did not deny links between criminals and prison officials, but said there are several other ways cell phones and other things can get into prisons.
“There are some porous parts where people can even smuggle it. It has many distributions. I don’t know, but it could be the Nexus,” he said.
“We try to avoid and close all loose ends. The seizure comes days after the guard was found intoxicated while reporting on duty. He was then sent for a medical checkup, where he tested positive for alcohol.
The recovery has put the prison administrators in trouble again.
In the past, drugs, liquor bottles, and cigarettes have been found in prisons. Fights between inmates were common.