Baramulla: The police in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district claimed that they have seized as many as 14 cell phones from the possession of several jail inmates in the sub-jail of Baramulla where several pro-freedom leaders are lodged.
In a statement senior superintendent of police Baramulla Mir Imtiyaz Hussain said that after receiving information about some incriminating material including unauthorised cell phones were being used inside the jail premises, a joint search was conducted by Baramulla Police and Jail authorities on Sunday. “We recovered 14 unauthorised cell phones and other incriminating material from the possession of jail inmates,” Hussain said.
He said police have registered a case in this regard and started the further investigation as to how these articles, not authorised as per jail manual, have made entry into jail premises.
Sources said the step to conduct searches inside the jail premises was taken after the agencies from New Delhi provided a tip-off. Police said the cell phones might have been used to contact several people to “instigate protests”.
The police have reportedly recovered two smart phones from Hurriyat leader Masrat Alam who is also in Baramulla jail.
They said that Masrat was using Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and other services from the jail premises.
Police said the the recovered 14 cell phones would be sent for forensic lab testing. The phones are also likely to be sent to National investigating agency for further tests and investigation. Sources said that some maps and other important documents were also recovered from some prisoners.