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Ghaghidih prison raid

East Singhbhum police and Ghaghidih Central Jail authorities held a joint raid on prison premises on Thursday, but no banned item was recovered from the place once notorious for jailbreaks, bomb scares and 3G cellphones smarter than jammers.

Sources from the jail administration said no suspicious object was found during the two-hour raid that started at noon.

Jailer Satyandra Chowdhury said they scanned all 13 wards of prison for cellphones and other prohibited items.

“Inmates’ belongings were searched and even their shoes were scanned meticulously,” he told The Telegraph.

Chowdhury added they conducted such exercise at regular intervals to ensure prisoners don’t possess communication gadgets.

DSP (law and order) B.N. Singh, who led the district police team during the raid, echoed Chowdhury.

“We found nothing suspicious,” he said.

Spread over 13 acres, the Ghaghidih jail is also equipped with three jammers to block mobile signals.

Among 1,200-odd inmates of Ghaghidih jail are seasoned criminals, including Akhilesh Singh.

The gangster, who is convicted in the murder case of jailer Uma Shanker Pandey, was shifted to Hazaribagh central jail last year on the recommendation of district police.

But, being released on parole for a month, the high-profile prisoner was lodged in the Ghaghidih jail.

A senior police officer, not willing to be named, said though Akhilesh maintained a low profile after his induction into Ajsu, his underworld network was intact.

“One of the aims behind conducting these raids is to keep a watch on the seasoned gangster. But, we could not get our hands on any suspicious object today,” he added.