Authorities at Ambala Central Jail on Tuesday recovered a total of eight mobile phones, including an Apple iPhone, from the barracks where dismissed HSC officer Anil Nagar, Subrat Khanna, MD, Naraingarh Sugar Factory, and eight other senior men were lodged till two weeks ago.
On the orders of Jail Superintendent Sanjeev Patter, a search was conducted in all barracks of the jail from which phones and other related items were seized.
Patter said: “Illegitimate premises have been given to famous men. They lived in Class A and Class B barracks, in reverse alphabetical order. October 17 the barracks were vacated and were accommodated in other barracks according to the rules. On Tuesday, their barracks were checked and their phones were found. I’m surprised an iPhone was used in prison.
A mobile phone and SIM cards were also taken from the pockets of other prisoners of barracks 6 and 7. An unclaimed mobile phone and two damaged phones were also found during the search.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the recovery, which includes the delivery of cellphones, call records and inmate use.
SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa could not be reached for comment. Inspector Gourav Punia, SHO, Baldev Nagar said a complaint has been received which is being looked into and an FIR will be lodged accordingly.