Former DGP (Prisons) Shashi Kant has told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that 50 to 55 per cent prisoners in Punjab were hardcore drug addicts. A 10-page note by Kant in this regard reached the high court on August 11.
The note becomes significant as on Tuesday,the court directed the Punjab government to place on record a report by Kant,in a sealed cover,where he had spoken about drug mafia operations in the state.
Kants note has described how inmates use code words for smuggling drugs inside jails with the help of jail staff. These drugs normally are a mixture of psychotropic drugs. These are either called Goli No. 10 and 20,Chand or Sitara based on the signs engraved on the drugs. These tablets are illegally manufactured almost all over the state…, it stated.
Claiming that over 50 per cent jail inmates were are hardcore drug addicts,Kant said: They need drugs,the cost and means,notwithstanding… In fact one prison inmate had told me that in bigger jails,daily about 1 kg of heroin and smack was consumed. Even by relaxed estimates,one can safely assume that the daily consumption of narcotics is around 10 kg a day,which,as per the prevailing international price,is around Rs 50 crore.
Elaborating on how drugs were smuggled inside jails,the note stated that the most common way was by hiding the drugs in the body. It added that condoms filled with smack or heroin and hidden in the rear body cavity is one of the most common ways to smuggle drugs. These are hidden in food and other items that are brought by the relatives and friends of the inmates. While potatoes,cabbages and other vegetables are also used to hide drugs,milk powder and fresh milk have drugs mixed in them. Hollow handles of carry bags are also used to ferry drugs.
The note further claimed that the inmates going out of jail on court hearings return with drugs hidden in their karas and earrings among others. The popular drugs brought this way are heroin and smack, it added.
In May,Kant had claimed he had sent a report to current Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini over a year ago,naming 185 jail officials,top 10 leaders and businessmen who were running the drug mafia in Punjab.