A day after dna reported an Indian Mujahideen (IM) terror suspect lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail managing to send letters to his IM contacts in Pakistan, jail authorities in Ahmedabad denied having received any input on the same from the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Inspector General (IG) of prisons PC Thakur told dna that no information had come to them.
“We have no such information directly from NIA, or otherwise. In fact, I read about it for the first time in the print media. I have already asked for details on the same from Sabarmati Central Jail superintendent,” he said.
According to Thakur, authorities at Sabarmati screen all the material that inmates send or receive during their time at the prison, he said.
“As per the jail manual, all letters sent or received by inmates and undertrials (such as Saif) are first scanned, screened and then censored (if needed). The superintendent or a jailer-level official of the prison then stamps and approves each page of the letter, before letting it reach the prisoner or being mailed outside,” he explained.
He said that material found to be of grievous nature is immediately reported to authorities concerned.
“In case any inflammatory content is found inside, the local police are informed. If the content comes for or is sent by a terror suspect or contains sensitive material, the special branch is made aware of the same,” the IG added.
Thakur further said that it is not clear if the letters originated during Saif’s stint at Sabarmati jail.
“Undertrials, especially those suspected of terror activities are typically questioned by various agencies and are suspects in more than one case. They are transported to courts and for interrogation by police authorities to different locations and it is possible that the suspect may have found a free environment outside Sabarmati to send the letters,” he said.
Sabarmati jail superintendent RJ Pargi was unavailable for comment.