Gurdaspur (Pb): A group of inmates lodged at the central jail here today protested against a search operation launched by the jail authorities for recovery of mobile phones, forcing the police to deploy extra force outside the prison to prevent any untoward situation.
Around five to seven prisoners in barrack number eight protested against “frequent” searches by the jail authorities to recover mobile phones from the inmates.
“When the search operation was being carried out, half a dozen prisoners protested against it. They raised slogans against the jail authorities for carrying out frequent search operations,” Gurdaspur SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said, adding that the situation was brought under control.
“Three mobile phones were found during the search operation,” he said.
The police said extra force was deployed outside the jail premises to deal with any emergency.
Bhullar said a case would be registered against those who tried to disrupt the search operation and from whom the mobile handsets were recovered.
The jail authorities have so far seized 18 mobiles from the prison during the past 20 days.
Notably, last year around 150 inmates, including hardened criminals, of the Gurdaspur jail had run amok. They had made the jailbreak bid by breaking portion of the outer wall of the jail, which was thwarted by the police.
The inmates also broke locks of jail barracks, besides destroying CCTVs, mobile jammers and setting ablaze the quilts and furniture.
Violence had erupted in the Gurdaspur jail after two groups of under trials clashed with each other. PTI