Expressing concern over the use of mobile phones in state jails by gangsters, Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora has said the Punjab Police has raised this issue with the Punjab government.
He was in Amritsar Thursday to dispose of contraband seized by police from smugglers. Around 66 kg poppy husk, 120 gm heroin, 7kg intoxicant powder, 228 injections, 1,665 tablets and other drugs were burnt in the furnace at Khanna paper Mill Amritsar.
When asked about the use of mobile phones to carry out their activities by gangsters in Punjab jails, he said, “It is a situation we have been facing. The jail department is not under Punjab Police. But it impacts us. What happens inside comes outside.”
He said, “Mobile jammers have been installed in many jails to stop it. Nabha, Sangrur and Patiala jails already have jammers. But only jammers cannot help. The solution can be a combination of all factors. We have raised this issue. Now, the jail department is going to start recruitment drive. They have not carried it out for a long time. Soon, they will recruit fresh personnel and become more professional.”
On the disposal of the drugs, he said, “It was the direction of court to dispose of theses drug in the presence of senior officials. It is also general apprehension that quantity of drugs in the police stations gets tampered with. To avoid this, a centralised storage facility to keep the seized drugs will be established in every district. CCTVs will be installed in these stores to rule out any tampering with quantity.”
When asked about the increasing crime rate, DGP said, “You have never asked why no recruitment was done in police department for the past five years. Do you ever try to know the availability of force with Punjab Police and its relation with the changing pattern of crime? But it is good that result of the recruitment drive to enroll 7,000 new constables will be out in a day or two. Recruitment process for sub-inspectors is also on.”
“Not a single post was sanctioned for Pathankot after it came into existence as district. Now around 1,000 posts have been sanctioned and recruitment is already conducted,” he said.