AHMEDABAD: Five major jails of the state were raided in a late night operation on Thursday, throwing up interesting seizures such as CDs, ganja and love letters to tennis star Sania Mirza.
The raids were in connection with a recent incident where a convict was found with a mobile phone in one of the barracks of the state's biggest prison, the Sabarmati central jail.
The state government is said to have taken a serious note of the incident and, in a joint operation involving teams of the home department, district administration officials and the police, raided the Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhuj and Surat jails beginning 7.15 pm when all prisoners are expected to be in the barracks. The raids went on till late in the night, according to senior police officials and were timed after visiting hours.
Sources told TOI that the Bhuj jail, where some of the alleged infiltrators are lodged, turned out to be the 'cleanest' with nothing incriminating was found, and same was the case with Surat jail. However, Sabarmati jail provided some shockers, said sources.
Interestingly, most prisoners were found with bidis and gutkha which have been recently allowed in the jail premises, as per the jail manual. In Rajkot, one of the prisoners was found with a mango and a knife, which might have been from the jail canteen. Knives are not allowed.
DGP AK Bhargava said that "the raiding teams found several CDs and a jail sepoy in possession of some ganja which was possibly for personal consumption". One of the prisoners was found with a love letter written to Sania Mirza, he said. He could not say if the CDs were incriminating.
According to Bhargava, "We were told by the home department to assist so we sent teams and the raids are still going on." Searches were not yet completed in the Vadodara and Sabarmati jails.
The raids began simultaneously soon after a highlevel meeting in Gandhinagar with officials of the home, police and jail department.