Cell phones recovered in search operation in Baramulla sub-jail in J&K

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mobileAs many as 14 cell phones were seized during a major search of the sub-jail in Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on March 31.

The jail authorities informed the police that some cell phones were being used inside the sub-jail. So, in a joint search operation, the jail officials and the police recovered 14 cell phones and some incriminating material.

According to the police, the jail inmates apparently used the cell phones to be in touch with their contacts in Pakistan through WhatApp.

“There are quite a few militants housed in the sub-jail. All of them were on WhatsApp and it is plain for us to see that they were in touch with some Pakistani numbers as well. Anyway, let’s look into the issue in its entirety,” said the police.

Two cell phones were seized from Hurriyat hardliner Muslim League chairperson Masarat Alam, the architect of the 2010 unrest in Kashmir.

The recoveries were made from those involved in stone pelting and militant activities. The recovered cell phones were being sent for forensic tests in a bid to collect details for the purpose they were being used for.

An FIR was lodged against 10 to 12 prisoners and probe is on to find out how the cell phones entered the jail.

The incident took place exactly three days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on March 31 that Pakistan was using social media to incite youth to help holed-up militants in J&K.