Says seven of the nine mobile phones found in jail used for the purpose

The special police team probing the case of use of cell phones in prison by some of the accused in the murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrasekharan has obtained vital clues that the undertrials had used the devices for contacting several people in Kannur and Kozhikode districts.

At least seven of the nine mobile phones recovered from the jail had been used by the accused for the purpose. However, it was not clear whether they had used the devices for updating their Facebook account.

Only two devices have camera and Internet facilities, including e-mail, instant messaging, and WAP (Wireless Application Protocol). One of the two SIM cards recovered from the jail was a micro SIM that is usually used in smartphones.

G. Sparjankumar, Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode city, who is heading the investigation, said that only after verifying the IP (Internet Protocol) address could it be confirmed if the accused had updated their Facebook account. Details were awaited from Facebook authorities also, he said.

Investigators said the ongoing investigation indicated that the accused had used more than a dozen SIM cards of different telecom operators. Some of these phones were in the names of different people, including a woman. The SIM cards could have been smuggled into the jail and vice versa by the accused themselves or through accused who had secured bail in the case.

The call data records of the mobile phones revealed that the calls had been located under the towers near the jail at Puthiyara and near the Special Additional Sessions Court trying the murder case at Eranhipalam, they said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, who is attending a conference in Thiruvananthapuram, on Friday said he had submitted a report on the progress of the investigation to State Police Chief K.S. Balasubramanian.

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