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Searches in jails after expose on prisoners having good time

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai/Coimbatore 

Searches were conducted Sunday at Central prisons in Tamil Nadu, days after photos of prisoners of jail at using and enjoying the went viral.

The searches were carried out in Coimbatore, and jails by special teams of jail and police personnel for several hours beginning this morning, officials said.

The teams wanted to ascertain if banned items like and cigarettes had been smuggled into the prisons, they said.

C Ve Shanmugam said steps were being taken to prevent smuggling of into the prisons.

A said searches at Central jail concluded days ago following which 18 televisions were removed from A-class cells and five prisoners shifted to other jails at Palayamkottai, Salem, and

Though televisions are allowed for A-class cells, they were removed 'as of now' to prevent its misuse to charge mobile phones, officials said.

"We are looking at effective ways and means to prevent misuse of TVs to charge TVs are allowed as per the jail manual," a told

After photos of prisoners at the Central Jail using and enjoying items went viral, authorities had launched a probe.

The photos were retrieved from a mobile phone seized from a prisoner during a search at in which six other handsets were seized on September 3.

The images found in the mobile showed prisoners taking 'selfies' with other inmates, sporting sunglasses and wearing branded shoes.

One prisoner was seen standing with a badminton racquet an another reclining on a cot in a cosy looking cell with a television.

The prisoners in the photographs were mostly narcotic offenders and had easy access to items like induction stoves and juicers.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 20:35 IST