Two persons were booked in two separate incidents at Adharwadi jail in Kalyan (W) on December 17.
In one of the incidents, Anil Baburao Khandare, 28, one of the labourers, who was plastering the walls of the jail, was accused of collecting mobile phones from outside and delivering it to one of the prisoners in the jail. According to the police, Khandare befriended a prisoner in the jail, who asked him to meet a person and collect a parcel from him and deliver it back to the prisoner.
When Khandare contacted the person, a plastic bag with a pair of sandals was given to him. He was also given Rs2,000 for the job. When Khandare tried to sneak the parcel into the Adharwadi jail, he was stopped by the jail security guard, Santosh Balaram Bhuyal, who checked Khandare’s sack. He checked the plastic bag with the pair of sandals with a metal detector and realised something was amiss.
Upon further checking, Bhuyal found a mobile phone and a battery inside the soles of each of the two sandals. A case was registered against Khandare with the Bazarpeth police station under the Prisoner Act, 1984, section 45 (12) and section 46, and section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy)of the Indian Penal Code.
RR Patil, senior police inspector, Bazarpeth police station, said, “It is suspected that the mobile was being sneaked inside the prison premises to carry out some crime. It is confirmed that Khandare took Rs2000 to deliver the mobile phones.”
Officials say that prisoners often use mobile phones to make extortion or threat calls or just to plan a crime. He added that Khandare has said that the name of the person who gave him the parcel was Govind and also gave his number to the police.
He was produced in a Kalyan court on December 18 which sent him to police custody. In another incident at Adharwadi jail, a jail personnel was carrying out routine frisking of the prisoners, when he found a sim card inside the mouth of a prisoner, Jamir Hamid Sheikh.
The prisoner, an Ulhasnagar resident, has been booked under Prisoner Act 45 (12) and 46 and section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC. Both the cases were registered on December 17. Patil said, “We have not yet arrested the prisoner who was found with the sim card, as we are awaiting the court’s permission.”