Thursday, March 19, 2015

Punjab 'Gangsters' Use Cellphones And Facebook To Post Photos, Messages Do 'Criminal Business' From Jail

Prisons seem to be turning into a safe haven for criminals in Punjab. The social media updates of gangsters housed in Bhatinda jail reveal many of the inmates are enjoying access to social media, mobile phones and the internet in Punjab jails. 

The photograph that was posted on March 13 by five gangsters, including dreaded criminal Kulbir Singh Naruana, had gone viral on social media.

The incident hints at a possible nexus between jail officials and criminals. 
The photograph showed the five gangsters, including Naruana (wearing white trousers) and his accomplices Ramandeep Sunny and Vikas Mota, among others. 

The photograph also showed some inmates using mobile phones. The image was uploaded on Facebook at 9.37pm on March 13. 

As many as five photographs, which were shared on the Facebook wall of one Jassa Mahalkhurd, were reportedly uploaded by the gangsters from jail. 

The jail administration has, however, failed to trace the mobile phone that was used to click and upload the photos. 

Naruana and two of his accomplices — Amandeep Singh and Rajbir Singh — were arrested on January 18, 2015. He is also accused of firing at a police constable on January 10. The police recovered four weapons from his possession. 

“As soon as we came to know that they clicked photos from the jail and uploaded on social media, we shifted them to other cells. Efforts are being made to trace the mobile phone used to upload the photos. We have conducted a search operation, but failed to seize the phone,” Manjit Singh, deputy superintendent, Bhatinda Central Jail said. 

Gangsters using mobile phones in jail is not new to Punjab. In December 2014, gangster Gurpreet Sekhon, who recently killed gangster Sukha Kahlwa, had demanded ransom from a Bhatinda-based family by using a mobile phone from jail. Gurjeet Bhati, another gangster lodged in the same jail, had demanded Rs 8 lakh as ransom from a businessman. 

Gangster Sukha Kahlon, who was killed in a gang war recently, had uploaded a gruesome and violent video clip on Facebook. He had a number of Facebook accounts, which were updated regularly from the jail. He was housed in Punjab’s Kapurthala jail.

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