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Jailed trio active on Facebook

January 20, 2014: Thirty-two likes in a Facebook post of the profile holder standing shirtless in a pool

November 24, 2013: (A post reads) Breakup hurts “EMOTIONALLY” Patch up hurts “FINANCIALLY”

***** lolz ***** ;-)

February 14, 2014: (A post reads) i m spending my valentine with my true love dats is ...........FOOD!

Like scores of Calcuttans of their age, three youngsters were active on Facebook with regular posts and “likes”.

But then, they are not regular youths Facebooking from home or on the go via smartphones.

These three are Naser Khan, Sumit Bajaj and Ruman Khan — accused in the February 2012 Park Street gang rape of a 37-year-old woman — and currently lodged in Presidency jail.

They have been active in the virtual world through three smuggled smartphones that were seized from Naser and Sumit last week, jail authorities said. The duo were shifted to Dum Dum Central jail on Saturday, apparently as a punishment.

Ruman continues to be in Presidency jail. He updated his Facebook cover picture twice on Tuesday and got 16 likes within a few hours. According to jail officials, no phone was found on him during last week’s raid.

The trio have been in jail for the past two years and undergoing trial. Kadir Khan, the main accused and Naser’s brother, is still at large.

“A Samsung and a Micromax phone were seized from Sumit. Another Samsung phone was found on Naser. They were watching live streaming of a chat show on a national news channel when our officials caught them. All three phones were password protected,” said a jail official.

The IMEI numbers of Sumit’s phones are 912232516131199 (Micromax) and 355860595007504 (Samsung), while the unique 15-digit identification number had been scratched out of the phone that Naser was using, jail sources said.

Police have found that the devices were mostly used for watching movies on the Internet, listening to music, watching news channels and for social networking.

Sumit’s last post was on January 26. He had posted selfies sitting next to the bars of his prison cell. These had fetched him the most number of likes from his Facebook friends.

Naser, who spells his name as Nasir on Facebook, often posts party pictures from their heydays.

His timeline is flooded with pictures of Salman Khan but self-portraits — shirtless in a pool and standing in a red T-shirt — won him the maximum likes.

He wished “good night” in his last post on February 15.

“Naser was active on BBM until his BlackBerry was stolen. He then shifted to a Samsung,” said a friend of the trio.

Ruman, in his late twenties, loves to show off his abs and change his profile picture every now and then — six times in February.

Sumit appears to be the most sentimental or philosophical among the three, going by his posts. His timeline is a combination of streaks of patriotism punctuated by emotional quotes on heartache and heartbreak.

Though phones aren’t allowed in jails, smuggling is rampant and jail authorities often raid cells and possible hiding places.

When told about Ruman’s Facebook update on Tuesday, a jail official said: “We are not aware of it. But we will check. We conduct surprise raids and we will do it more often if needed.”

There are instances of ganglords running their crime empire from the prison cells. Sanjit Purkayet, a 20-year-old undertrial in the high-security Alipore jail, had allegedly masterminded a couple of abductions as the ransom calls were traced to a phone he had allegedly smuggled into the prison.

The police were disappointed to find that Naser and Sumit had used the phones to contact only their friends.

There’s no word on Kadir, the fugitive who has an Interpol notice against him.