The communication gadgets seized from convict Amlesh Singh at MGM Medical College and Hospital. (Bhola Prasad)
Prisoners using cellphones behind bars to carry on their criminal activities is not unheard of in Jharkhand. But now, this illegal practice has even invaded the safe walls of hospitals, where jail inmates are taken for treatment.
This startling fact came to light when a police team, led by SP (city) Kartik S., raided the prisoners’ ward at MGM Medical College and Hospital and seized four cellphones, two chargers and a power extension cord from a murder convict undergoing treatment there on Tuesday night.
The recovery is even more alarming as the banned items were found on gangster Akhilesh Singh’s elder brother Amlesh Singh, who is serving life sentence in shoe baron Ashish Dey’s murder case, in Ghaghidih Central Jail.
Notably, Akhilesh was shifted to Hazaribagh Central Jail from Ghaghidih in June after the administration got a whiff that the gangster was communicating with the outside world by means of smuggled cellphones.
Tuesday’s raid, in which Sakchi officer-in-charge Indu Bhushan Ojha also participated, was carried out following a specific tip-off that Amlesh was following the same modus operandi.
Revealing about the seizure, Kartik told The Telegraph on Wednesday that the call details of Amlesh’s phones would be examined to find out with whom he was keeping contact.
“If we find out that any doctor or nurse was in touch with Amlesh, or for that matter, any support staff of the hospital, we will arrest and prosecute them. Any person having knowledge about convicts using mobile phones have to inform the hospital administration about it,” Kartik added.
A case under Prisoners’ Act against Amlesh will be initiated for smuggling the communication gadgets to the ward, he said.
The SP (city) further hinted at action against the policemen posted on duty at the ward for the lapse.
From the call details, the police would try and check whether the criminal has contacts with city businessmen or not. If the links are established, the traders may have to face interrogation, sources claimed.
“The police will let go of the trader if the calls have been made with an intention to extort money,” the source added.
Amlesh, who was convicted in the Dey murder case, spends most of his time in the hospital’s prisoners’ ward. On four occasions, when he was sent to Ghaghidih Central Jail, he complained of ailment and was again shifted to the hospital.
Sources added that Amlesh, the elder son of a former police officer, Chandragupt Singh, has a strong clout in the police department, which he uses to run his extortion business from inside the prison.