Bihar jail inmate swallows mobile phone during checking
In a bizarre incident, a prisoner of the Gopalganj jail in Bihar reportedly swallowed a mobile phone out of panic and fear during the investigation by the prison officers. The incident happened on Saturday, however, it came to light on Sunday after he developed severe abdominal pain.
Manoj Kumar, Gopalganj jail superintendent told the media that the prisoner, identified as Qaishar Ali, informed the jail authorities about the incident after he developed extreme pain in his stomach.
Kumar said they immediately took Ali to the Gopalganj district hospital for a check-up. An x-ray of his stomach was taken and the presence of foreign particles was visible during the examination.
As prescribed by the medical board of the district hospital, Ali was then referred to the Patna Medical College and Hospital for further treatment. Hospital deputy superintendent Shashi Ranjan said the accused had swallowed the phone, fearing could be caught. Meanwhile, his condition is stable now and the doctors are keeping a close watch.
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Ali had been in jail for the last three years under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act).
The use of mobile phones by inmates inside Bihar jails has sparked questions about the credibility of security officers. In March 2021, raids were made in jails all around the state, and a total of 35 cell phones, seven sim cards, and 17 chargers were seized
The raids were conducted on Katihar, Buxar, Gopalganj, Nalanda, Hajipur, Ara, Jehanabad and some other jails in the state.
Earlier in August, the doctors recovered two mobile phones from the stomach of an inmate of the Tihar jail; two still remain inside his stomach.
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