The inmates, who were shifted to Ropar Jail the day before, are sentenced under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS) Act. They were arrested during various raids across the state and in Delhi.
It has been learned that Nabha police have registered a case against them for illegally possessing mobile phones. In its report, the authorities of the New District Jail told state police department about the possibility of a drug racket being run from inside Ropar Jail.
“At the time when the 12 undertrials were being shifted to New District Jail from Ropar, I ordered a thorough check of their belongings. It was then that we found a mobile phone hidden in the clothes of one of the inmates. This triggered us to carry out an extensive search. Therefore, we checked other belongings of all inmates and seized nine mobile phones from them,” said deputy superintendent of jails Ramandeep Singh Bhangu.
“Despite searching several times, we failed to find SIM cards. However, this does not mean that the devices were not being used,” he added.