Days after a package was couriered to him, which contained a “cellphone” hidden inside a cavity cut into a book, terror accused Ramesh Upadhyay has been shifted to high security Anda Cell of Yerawada Central Prison. The administration cited “security concerns” for shifting Upadhyay — who is an accused in the 2008 bombing incident in Malegaon — from the Phasi Yard to the Anda Cell where he is in solitary confinement.
“Upadhyay was shifted to the Anda Cell by the jail administration on Monday morning,” his son Vishal Upadhyay told this paper and added the incident had rattled his father.
The Yerawada police have sent a team to Mumbai, from where the courier arrived, to make investigations.
A senior official said that the team in Mumbai will speak to a senior manager with a major media company in whose name the package was registered to be sent to Upadhyay through a courier.
“Although naming such a senior person in the ‘sender’ column looks like mischief, we don’t want to take any chances. The team will speak to the senior manager and see if we can get any clues on the person who sent the courier,” said senior inspector S A Patil of Yerawada police station.
According to the police, on Saturday morning, the jail officials received a package addressed to Major Ramesh Upadhyay. When it was opened for inspection, it was found that it contained a book. A closer inspection revealed that a cavity had been dug out in the pages of the Urdu book to create a cavity in which a mobile phone was placed in a cigarette packet. The cellphone is a Nokia device without a SIM card.
The cops are trying to find someone who can read Urdu to know about the content of the book. “We want somebody to read each and every page,” said Patil.
According to Vishal, son of accused Ramesh Upadhyay, who met his father on Monday afternoon in prison, the episode has troubled him.
“My father told me that he is clueless as to who could send him such a post. This looks like a deliberate attempt to portray him as someone trying to do illegal things inside prison and give him bad publicity when the Supreme Court is expected to sympathetically view the accused. The attempt has succeeded as my father has been shifted to solitary and suffocating isolation of anda cells,” said Vishal.
Vishal said this is not the first time that his father has received such an ‘unwanted’ courier pack. “He had received a couple of letters from unknown people last year. We want the police to speedily investigate the matter to find out who the real culprit is behind the act,” he said.