Warden held for giving inmates mobiles

A warden posted at the district jail in Bhondsi was arrested on Sunday for allegedly supplying mobile phones to the prisoners, police said.

Warden Pawan Kumar, who was deputed in Bhondsi jail, about eight kilometres from Gurgaon, was taken into custody for allegedly supplying mobile phones to the inmates. The action was taken against Kumar following a complaint by deputy jailer Shahid Husain.

According to police, the accused was on night duty Saturday when he hid three mobile phones wrapped in a polythene in the water disposal pipe line of a washroom. Finding his activities suspicious, some personnel on duty informed senior jail officials. The hidden phones were later recovered from the gutter.

Following the arrest, a search operation was conducted in the jail premises in which two mobile phones were seized from three inmates - two of whom have been convicted in a murder case.

Police have registered a first information report [FIR].

Station House Officer of Bhondsi police station Arvind Dahiya said police were questioning the warden, while the inmates from whom mobile phones were recovered would be questioned after a production warrant was issued.

Bhondsi jail inmates have been accused of making extortion calls and controlling their gangs from inside the jail.
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