Mini-fridge, TV sets, LEDs seized from prisoners

 
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Karachi June 19 (TNS): A luxury world has been found in the Central Prison Karachi: luxuries and extravagances that would not be out of place in a five-star hotel have been found in Karachi prison after law enforcement agencies and police raided barracks of the inmates following the escape of two hardcore prisoners belonging to the banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

During the raid and the search operation carried out jointly by the police, the Rangers and the Frontier Constabulary on Monday, a large number of mini-refrigerators, food stands, TV sets, LEDs, gas cylinders, loudspeakers digital cable and high-quality mobile phones were found inside most of the cells of the Central Prison Karachi. The raiding team searched the barracks of all prisoners for 12 hours and also recovered Rs0.7 million from one prisoner.

The items were among the privileges granted to the prisoners including those belonging to the organised crime and hardcore terrorists of banned outfits.

The recovery literally baffled the security forces personnel who could not believe their eyes when they laid their hands on the luxurious items that a common man could only crave for.

The Sindh government’s prison authorities, as usual, ordered an inquiry how these luxurious and expensive stuffs made their way into the jail.

The Karachi prison has over 6,000 inmates while the facility has the capacity to accommodate a little over 2,000.

On June 15, the two hardcore terrorists — Sheikh Muhammad and Ahmed Khan Arif Manako of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) — escaped from the Karachi jail.

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in its inquiry report had said that the two terrorists got their hair and shave cut in a bathroom next to the chamber of an anti-terrorism court-III judge in the Judicial Complex.

CTD Additional IG Sanaullah Abbasi had raised a question how and why the suspects, who were undergoing trial in the court, were brought to the Judicial Complex when the judge did not show up in his chamber.

Abbasi also ruled out that the suspects climbed the boundary wall of the jail and instead they used the main gate of the Judicial Complex to escape.

Meanwhile, jail authorities launched a headcount of all prisoners and during the search of barracks, a huge cache of drugs and other prohibited items were recovered.

Sheikh Muhammad and Ahmed Khan Arif Manako were arrested by the CTD in 2013 for their involvement in target and sectarian killings.

Meanwhile, 12 police officials including the jail superintendent have been arrested on the order of the Sindh law and prisons minister. A case was also registered against them at the New Town Police Station.

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