Tihar Gangs turns prison into a haven for criminals
Questions are raised about the role of prison officials and the prison security apparatus.
New Delhi: Tihar Prison, one of the largest prisons in South Asia, has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Despite being a high security prison, criminals and gangs have continued to operate from inside Tihar prison for years, raising questions about the involvement of prison officials. the prison and the prison security apparatus which houses some of India’s most feared criminals.Recently, the murder plot of popular Punjabi pop singer Sidhu Moosewala in Mansa district of Punjab, was allegedly hatched from the interior of Tihar prison by a gang led by Lawerence Bishoni who was housed in this high security prison in Delhi.
According to sources who have worked in Tihar prison, it is impossible for gangs to operate without the involvement of prison officials who are responsible for guarding the prisons. Communication networks like cellphones and other modes of communication can flow freely on Tihar premises if an inmate has “connections” with the right people within the prison, said an officer who once worked at Tihar. Tihar prison.
Explaining how the link between prison officials and the inmate could possibly work, Dr Kiran Bedi, former IG of Tihar Prisons, told the Sunday Guardian: “Nothing irregular can enter the prisons without an internal link to no level. Everything can be obtained inside the prison for a price that is determined by the demand for this item. The price also increases depending on the inmate’s need or ability to pay. The higher the risk, the higher the cost.
Dr. Bedi added that controls are missing or not effective. “Perhaps the checks are done more for records than for meaningful reasons. The checks are also done by the same staff who protect each other. I think the checks should be adequate and done by outside teams and not by insiders.
Another former DG of Tihar prisons said that most of the staff in prison are busy keeping records and some of them who are involved in the control and strict vigilance of criminals are most often seen hand in hand. hand with them. said, inmates who are “big” criminals have also created their little gang within the prison and they operate through the other inmates who are not under the radar of prison officials.
“Criminals like Bishnoi and Neeraj Bawana have a large network and petty criminals who are housed in the prison would like to partner with these big criminals to protect themselves both inside and outside the prison. These big criminals protect them and, in turn, the little ones do their job,” said the former DG.
A Tihar prison official also told this correspondent that more often than not, notorious criminals operate via VoIP calls (internet calls) and internet messaging applications to carry out their nefarious activities from inside the prison, in using VPN servers. This is done to evade tracking of the individual and the mobile number from which the phone is being used. It is also said by Delhi Police sources that Lawernce Bishnoi and his gang were operating from inside Tihar Jail using these VPN servers and internet messaging apps to communicate with their gang members inside. outside and some of them are even based outside of Canada and Thailand.
Police officials who have worked with Tihar prison also said that some of the information is exchanged when these gangsters or prisoners are brought to court to appear. and they meet a lot of people inside the courtroom. Some members of their gang also come to court and that’s when crucial information is passed on.
Contraband items inside the prison also reach the prison early in the morning when the prisons are open and inmates are sent out for field work. Contraband items are thrown inside the prison from outside and are then collected by the respective inmates. When asked if jammers or mobile tracking devices were installed inside the prison, a prison official told this correspondent that some prisons have jammers, but most of the time these jammers are destroyed by the inmates themselves or over time they find a black spot where the jammers are not working to make their phone calls.
Last year, the SC also strongly criticized Tihar prison officials when the court was told that through the use of mobile phones inside the prison, evidence of an economic crime had been found. been destroyed.