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Cellphone, SIM card seized from ‘high security’ jail in Jammu

Jammu, July 15, 2021 : During a surprise raid on Thursday morning, the Jammu and Kashmir Police seized a dozen mobile phones and SIM cards from some inmates at the high-security Kot Bhalwal Central Jail on the outskirts of Jammu city, officials said.

Officials with knowledge of the matter said that a team of police and CID wing conducted joint raids on Thursday morning after receiving information about the use of mobile phones by the terrorists lodged in the high-security jail.

It can be said that many terrorists and their overground workers, who were part of terrorist attacks from across the border, are in jail.

“A probe has been ordered to find out how these mobile phones with SIM cards reached the high-security jail and who was using them,” a senior police officer said.

Ten mobile phones including five Android phones, seven SIM cards, 12 earphones, four pen drives, five mobile chargers, one mobile battery, two Bluetooth headphones, three data cables, seven knives, two diaries, eight paper pieces with mobile numbers are included.

“The possibility of using smartphones for cross-border communication through social apps cannot be ruled out,” the people cited above said.

According to an official statement released on Thursday, mobile phones and SIM cards of some inmates of the high-security Kot Bhalwal Central Jail were seized in an unplanned surprise search.

Repeated calls and messages to DG Prisons Dr B Srinivas remained unanswered.

Kot Bhalwal is the prison from where Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and other terrorists, such as Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and Ahmed Umar Saeed Sheikh were released from prison in exchange for the passengers and crew of IC-814 in Kandahar. 31 December 1999. (PTK)

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