Probe ordered against Punjab jail official

May 7th, 2012 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, May 7 (IANS) The Punjab government Monday ordered a probe against a jail official in Bathinda town after he was caught red-handed while selling drugs to inmates in the prison there.

Jails Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur Monday ordered an enquiry into the incident where jail warden Nachattar Singh of Bathinda Central Jail was caught selling drugs to the prisoners in connivance with a jail inmate.

The Punjab police have also registered a case under the Drugs (NDPS) Act against those involved in the illegal trade to supply drugs to jail inmates.

In a statement issued here Monday, the minister said that the state government was fully geared up to tackle the unfortunate situation of drug smuggling in the jails and was keeping a hawk’s eye on the activities of the jail authorities and inmates.

“Their activities would be constantly monitored,” Phillaur said.

He also said that officers from within the department found guilty of breaking norms would be dealt with firmly and strict administrative action would be initiated against them.

“The nexus between the drug peddlers and jail authorities would be broken on priority,” he added.

The jail warden was caught by the jail authorities Saturday after laying a trap. He and an inmate, Jarnail Singh, were found in possession of hundreds of habit-forming drug tablets which they were going to supply to inmates inside Bathinda jail.

The jail warden was arrested by the police.

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