Police have claimed to have recovered the cell phone that an undertrial at Alipore Central jail had allegedly used to plot the abduction of the owner of a graphic designing firm.
The phone was allegedly found in the cell where the accused, Sanjit Purkayet, was lodged before the detective department took him in its custody for the abduction.
“The screen of the phone was broken. It seems Purkayet broke it in an attempt to destroy evidence of the February 5 abduction of Praveen Chhajer, which he had masterminded,” said an officer.
Though use of cell phones by prisoners is banned, the police are yet to start a probe to identify the persons who had helped smuggle in the handset for Purkayet.
“We have come to know that the phone and the SIM card reached Purkayet separately. The SIM card reached him through a packet of biscuits. The handset was handed over to him with help from some jail warders who were paid in cash for the job,” said an officer of the detective department.
Once the phone reached Purkayet, he swung into action. Posing as the owner of a factory in Joynagar, South 24-Parganas, Purkayet called up Chhajer, who runs a graphic designing firm on Tollygunge Circular Road.
Purkayet offered Chhajer a “lucrative business contract” and asked him to visit a place called Jamtala, near Joynagar. When Chhajer turned up there, he was abducted and kept confined for two days. “Chhajer was released after his family paid a ransom of Rs 7 lakh,” said the officer.
“The probe is focused on how the abduction took place and the ransom was collected. At the moment we are not investigating how the handset reached the accused in the jail,” said a senior officer at Lalbazar.
Purkayet, held two months ago in a drug trafficking case, has also been accused of masterminding the abduction of another IT professional.