Jail official held under UAPA over gadgets in Amritpal Singh’s cell – The Times of India

DIBRUGARH: Dibrugarh Central Jail superintendent Nipen Das was arrested on Thursday night time in reference to the restoration of electronics and digital devices from the cell the place Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh and his 9 associates are lodged.
Das’s arrest comes three weeks after a spy-camera pen, smartphone with a SIM card, a keypad telephone, a TV distant with a keyboard, pen drives, bluetooth headphones, audio system and a smartwatch had been recovered from Amritpal’s cell.
The invention of subtle gadgets contained in the high-security jail had raised critical concern amongst law-enforcement companies, prompting enhanced safety measures throughout the jail premises.
Confirming Das’s arrest, SP (Dibrugarh) Veera Venkata Rakesh Reddy informed the media he was arrested “after his involvement within the case was discovered primarily based on digital and digital proof throughout investigation”.
“It’s a very critical matter as unauthorised gadgets had been found within the cells of Amritpal Singh and his aides, who’re NSA detainees, and never strange prisoners. Das has been charged below varied sections, together with UAPA Sec 13 (1) B (advocates, abets, advises or incites the fee of any illegal exercise), Assam Prisons Act Sec 75 (penalty for introduction or elimination of prohibited articles into or from jail and communication with inmates), and IPC Sec 120 B (occasion to prison conspiracy). An investigation is on.”
SP Veera VR Reddy added that Amritpal and his 9 associates, who’ve been in detention at Dibrugarh Central Jail, have been on an indefinite starvation strike since February 17. Three of the detainees – Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, Gurmeet Singh Bhukhanwala and Basant Singh – had been just lately admitted to Assam Medical School and Hospital (AMCH) as a consequence of deteriorating well being. It’s learnt that the Waris Punjab De members went on starvation strike to demand that they be transferred to a Punjab jail. Reddy mentioned the situation of the three in hospital has “improved”.
Amritpal, a pro-Khalistan determine and chief of Waris Punjab De, has been saved in Dibrugarh Central Jail since April 23, 2023, following his arrest in Punjab. With him in jail are 9 aides – Papalpreet Singh, Daljeet Singh Kalsi, Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, Varinder Singh Johal, Gurmeet Singh Bhukhanwala, Harjit Singh, Basant Singh, Gurinder Singh Aujla and Bhagwant Singh, alias Pradhan Mantri Bajeke. All of them face costs below the Nationwide Safety Act (NSA) and different legal guidelines.

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