Jasnoor Kaur, The Hush Post: A warden of Kapurthala Central Jail has been suspended on the charges of trying to smuggle drugs inside the jail complex to one to the inmates on Monday.
Jail warden Bhupinder Singh was checked by the jail staff before joining his duty. Bhupinder’s hesitation before the security staff checked him made them suspicious. When checked 45 gm powder was found hidden in his shoes. Jail authorities reported that the drugs were to be supplied to an inmate Roshan Singh.
The warden was immediately handed over to the police and suspended from his job after serving for the last few years as a warden said Jail superintendent Surinderpal Khanna.
Khanna further added, “I have launched a department inquiry to thoroughly probe the matter and to check the involvement of any other official in this case.”
There will be an investigation of the warden’s role in supplying drugs to the jail inmates, said Hargurdev Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Kotwali police station where the accused has been booked. The police will also try to find if he was also involved in such activities in past also, the SHO added.
Ironically, state government opened an Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) centre for the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts in jail on Sunday.
The jail warden being accused of such a crime has questioned the security of the jail. The jail authorities found five mobiles, some SIM cards, mobile batteries and internet dongle from four inmates of jail last month. Around 40 mobile phones have been caught this year.