Use of cell phones in jail by TP case accused

The special police team probing the use of cell phones in prison by some of the accused in the killing of Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrasekharan has begun examining the images captured by the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the district jail.

The Superintendent of Prison, Kozhikode District Jail, had furnished the details of images of the CCTV cameras after the police asked for them. CCTV camera images are usually stored in the hard disk of the computers of the jail authorities for a month.

G. Sparjankumar, Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode city, said that investigators planned to examine the images captured on the cameras on specific dates, including December 1, 2, and 3. They would focus on the nine cameras maintained in and around the cells where the accused were lodged.

More than 60 surveillance cameras have been installed at the district jail. Copies of the images stored in the computers are now being transferred to the investigation team.

So far, statements of 20 jailors and warders have been taken in connection with the case.

Summons have been served on many jail officials. Their statements would be taken in the coming days, the Commissioner said.

Summon soon

The owners of SIM cards and mobile phones recovered from the jail would also be issued summons. The cyber cell had tracked the call data records, tower locations, and the IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) number of the devices, he said.

More than 15 persons have been identified for questioning in this connection. Seven of the nine mobile phones recovered from the jail had been purportedly used by the accused for contacting others. These devices were in the names of persons in Kannur and Kozhikode districts. It was found that the accused had used more than a dozen SIM cards of different telecom operators.

The mobile service operators had provided the call data records and the tower location details of all the mobile phone numbers.

The case was that the Facebook accounts of the remand prisoners – M.C. Anoop (first accused); Manoj Kumar, aka Kirmani Manoj (second accused); M.K. Sunil Kumar, aka Kodi Suni (third accused); K.K. Mohammed Shafi, aka Shafi (fifth accused); and Shijith, aka Annan Shijith (sixth accused) had been updated while they were in prison.

Mobile phones had been used to post some of the pictures on their timeline, but a majority had been posted from the web (desktop), the police said.

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