Karachi (June 19, 2017): In a joint search operation by Rangers and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel recovered large quantities of contraband from Karachi’s Central Jail. police said.
During the operation, which took 12 hours to complete, security personnel recovered, knife-cutters, freezers, stoves, mobile phones, air coolers DVD players and LED TVs in large quantities, police officials said.
The personnel of both law enforcement agencies have searched the barracks of all prisoners, paying special attention to those who belong to banned outfits.
The search operation was conducted few days after two ‘high-profile’ militants of the banned outfit flee from the prison in one of the most brazen acts of subversion in recent months.
The circumstances which led to the escape of the militants remain shrouded in mystery, as police officials said they were informed about the incident after a ‘considerable delay’.
According to the sources, security forces have conducted the biggest crackdown in Central Jail Karachi since the past 25 years in which it was found that prisoners were spending luxurious lives.
Jail inhabitants had all the facilities they needed to be at comfort. They had devices to jail the jammers to use mobile phones. Their jail compartments had all the luxuries including LEDs, CDs, fans, room coolers and UPS.
Moreover, drugs worth Rs.25 lac were seized from the jails. It was revealed the prisoners had created ten of their own kitchens. A group of jail inhabitants had planned to escape by using gas cylinders as explosives.
According to details, as many as 300 phones were seized from prisoners.
The operation was conducted after two dangerous prisoners escaped from the jail. Security agencies became active and planned a thorough search operation to highlight the malpractices in the prison. Amongst the security forces, there were police officials, Federal Corps (FC) and Sindh Rangers.
Sources told a prisoner had Rs.3 lac in cash with him. A number of vehicles were used to transfer these items from the central jail to storage house. It was noted that several highly ranked officers were involved, from Sindh Prisons Inspector General (IG) to jailers. The investigation to find those involved is underway.