Inmates active on Facebook

Regular profile updates of trio in jail shock cops

By Ramashankar
  • Published 19.03.15

Authorities at Beur Central Jail have ordered a probe after three inmates were found to be regularly updating their Facebook profiles even though they have no official access to mobiles or computers.

An FIR (first information report) was lodged with the Beur police station on Wednesday against Rahul Raj alias Raj Srivastava (22), Upendra Thakur (34) and Vishal Kumar Singh (23), accusing them of violating the provisions of the jail manual. Upendra is serving a life-term in a murder case.

The station house officer (SHO) of Beur police station, Tarkeshwar Nath Tiwary, said a complaint was lodged against the trio by the superintendent of jail Shivendra Priyadarshi. He said the trio were found making friends on the social networking site despite being inside prison.

The three were lodged in the same ward and used to update their Facebook accounts during night when other prisoners went to sleep. Their Internet-enabled cellphones have been seized by the officials and handed over to the police. A search was launched after the recovery of the mobile handsets from their possession, Priyadarsh added.

The jail superintendent said the three confessed to the offence. The Facebook account of Rahul showed him to be a student of a Hajipur-based college and pursuing higher studies there. Similarly, Vishal's Facebook account stated that he was a college student under Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur.

Their networking site was last updated on March 15. They all have more than 100 friends. "As soon as it was established that they were making friends through the networking site, we called them in my office chamber and showed them the evidence. They had no option other than admitting their offence," the jail superintendent said.

According to prison department officials, all the three are facing serious charges. "The use of cellphones or Internet is banned inside the prison. Nobody inside the jail is allowed to have access to the technology, which is used to remain connected with the outside world," a senior official of the home department said.

Sources said a few inmates earlier used to help the jail officials with computer-related operations. Sources said some criminals had even used the Internet to taunt victims and intimidate witnesses. However, in this case, the police have not found any such complaints against the three inmates.