Narcotics were seized from Samagola sub-jail in Kujang during a raid on Thursday. Besides narcotics, three mobile phones, six SIM cards, chargers and scissors were seized from cells of the inmates.
On a tip off, Kujang police raided the Samagola sub-jail and seized the items. Police said the items were passed on to the inmates in the knowledge of the jail authorities and an investigation is on to find out the errant jail officials.
This, ironically, is not the first time that such items were seized from the sub-jails in the district.
Jagatsinghpur has two sub-jails - Samagola and Allipingal - and narcotics and cell phones had recently been seized from Allipingal sub-jail as well. Superintendent of Allipingal sub-jail was then arrested by police for supplying such items to the inmates. Besides, some miscreants had shot at the warder of the Allipingal sub-jail Debendra Swain as he raised his voice against supply of mobile phones and drugs to inmates.
While both the sub-jails are overcrowded with dreaded criminals from Paradip and Kujang areas, renovation and expansion of the jails have fallen on deaf ears till now. Though the police and district administration had then planned to install CCTVs at the visitor’s chambers in two sub-jails to keep a tab on the people meeting the inmates, the plan has not materialised till date.
Last year, police officials had even sought financial assistance from Paradeep Phosphates Limited and IFFCO to install CCTVs in the jail.
SP Satyabrat Bhoi said police will approach the State Government again for installation of CCTVs in the jails.