A cell phone and a SIM card were recovered on Saturday night from a lifer’s cell at Alipore Central jail after the convict allegedly called and threatened the superintendent.
The police said Apu Chatterjee, the convict, had also called some traders in the city using the handset and demanded money.
“The jail authorities came to know about the cell phone after Apu, who is undergoing life imprisonment for a Thakurpukur murder in 2003, called jail superintendent Chittaranjan Garai on Saturday afternoon. He threatened Garai that there would be unrest on the jail premises if he was transferred,” said a jail officer.
Sources at the jail said the authorities were considering shifting Apu and a few other inmates to the Dum Dum Central jail as part of routine transfers.
“Warders searched the cell Apu shares with other inmates and found the handset and the SIM card hidden under a blanket. Officers from Alipore police station who questioned Apu following the recovery of the phone and the SIM said the convict had threatened some traders using the cell phone and demanded money from them.
The police have checked the call details of the phone and spoke to some of the traders who had received calls from the cell phone recovered from the jail.
None of the traders has lodged a complaint. “We are yet to know whether anyone of the traders paid money to Apu’s associates,” said an officer of Alipore police station.
Boy hit with sickle
A resident of Bidhan Pally in Hindmotor was arrested on Sunday for allegedly hitting a 13-year-old boy with a sickle.
The boy needed eight stitches on his left leg at Uttarpara State General Hospital.
Pankaj Das saw guavas hanging from a tree in Tamal Pal’s garden and scaled the fence to pluck them.
Tamal, 35, was working in the garden and spotted the boy. He hit Pankaj on the leg with his sickle. Residents of the area thrashed Pal before handing him over to police.