Jail revolt over mobiles

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A group of inmates at Gurdaspur central jail tried to set ablaze prison jammers and a watchtower on Tuesday morning before being thwarted by police.

The jail’s authorities, acting on instructions from jail minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, were preparing for a raid to find mobile phones inside the cells. The raid started around 6am.

According to sources, the minister had received a tip-off about the presence of mobile phones in the high-security prison. This was the third such raid in two weeks.

In a previous raid, 15 mobile phones had been found hidden under bathroom tiles.

During Tuesday’s raid, some prisoners in barrack 8 tried to resist the guards. They raised slogans and tried to incite the prisoners in other barracks.

Sensing trouble jail superintendent Karamjit Singh Sandhu sought the help of the district senior superintendent of police Harcharan Singh Bhullar, who arrived with a large contingent.

Some of the prisoners ran to the top floor of the barracks and threatened to burn the jammers and a watchtower but were overpowered by the policemen.

Three mobile phones were recovered during the raid.

Last year, some convicts had threatened to explode an LPG cylinder in an attempt to divert the attention of the jail authorities while another group was busy digging a hole in the outer wall.