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Probe ordered on prisoners’ ‘luxury’ in Puzhal prison

Photos of the prison inmates published by the paper suggested that the inmates seemed to be enjoying access to smartphones, not just in their cells, but even in open spaces in the prison.

Published: 14th September 2018 06:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2018 06:32 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The prison department has ordered an enquiry after the Tamil daily ‘Dinamani’ reported recently that a few inmates in Puzhal prison were enjoying luxuries like access to cellphones and even branded shoes to play badminton.  

Photos of the prison inmates published by the paper suggested that the inmates seemed to be enjoying access to smartphones, not just in their cells, but even in open spaces in the prison. Some photos suggested that the prisoners were enjoying sumptuous food.

It is said the photos were found in a cellphone seized from the prison recently. “We are probing how they got access to phones and we have registered a case,” said a senior prison officer. He said checks are conducted two times everyday at 5.30 am and 6 pm in the prison campus. It is not clear how the items were smuggled inside despite the daily checks.

“Inmates are allowed to make phone calls thrice a week to their family under the supervision of the warden,” he said, highlighting it as one of the measures to prevent inmates from smuggling phones into jail.

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