In an important crackdown, policemen on Sunday caught 14 cell phones from a sub-jail in Baramulla district of Kashmir which was allegedly being used by the prisoners to be in touch with their contacts in Pakistan via WhatsApp.
The phones were seized from the inmates, who included those held on charges of militancy and stone-pelting, just three days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Pakistan is using social media to fuel tension in Kashmir.
“We had got information from jail authorities about their doubt of some cell phones being used from inside the jail premises. In a joint search operation by the jail and police officials, 14 mobile phones were collected along with some incriminating stuff,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain said.
“There are quite a few militants there and we have seized some phones from them as well. They were on WhatsApp and we can see that they were in touch with some Pakistani numbers as well… So we will look into the whole matter,” he said.
The recoveries were made from prisoners who were included in stone pelting and militant activities, the SSP said, adding the recovered phones were being sent for forensic analyses gather details about the reason they were being handled for.
Police said a FIR has been filed on 10-12 prisoners and investigation is on to know how these things, which are not allowed as per the jail manual, have made entry into jail premises.
Rajnath Singh had said in Parliament on Friday that Pakistan is using the social media to encourage youths in Kashmir to storm encounter sites to support holed-up militants.