Bengaluru: In a surprise raid led by senior police officials here, a large number of weapons, narcotic substances, mobile phones and SIM cards were found in the high-security Parappana Agrahara jail on the outskirts of the city.
The raid was carried out by officers of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) in the wee hours of Saturday.
“The Central Crime Branch officers conduct a raid every three months in the prison and today’s was no different. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the cells of the prisoners had not been checked and thus a raid was carried out today. During the raid, sharp objects cut from utensils provided to the prisoners, a couple of mobile phones and SIM cards were found in their possession. We are investigating further,” said Ranganath.
“We will investigate whether the jail staff were involved,” he added.
Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Bengaluru Police (Crime), tweeted photos of the contraband seized from the prisoners and wrote that the CCB officials had recovered pairs of scissors, ganja and smoking pipes from the inmates, apart from knives, phones and SIM cards.
The city police also simultaneously raided the homes of over 2,000 rowdies and history-sheeters across Bengaluru. Lethal weapons and narcotic substances were seized. Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said that land documents, mobile phones, SIM cards and vehicles without valid documents were also seized for examination and verification. He also mentioned in a tweet that over 1,500 rowdy sheeters have been taken in for questioning.