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Goa jails being inspected for banned articles

Posted on Dec 07, 09:35PM | IBNS

Prisons authorities have begun scanning inmates and checking cells for any prohibited articles, days after Goa's serial killer Mahanand Naik purportedly made threatening calls to his victim from Central Jail Aguada. In a written communique to Jail Officers at Aguada jail, Sada jail and judicial lock-up at Mapusa, the Prisons Department has directed to screen all inmates for any prohibited items and confiscate if found. Similarly, visitors will also be scanned to ensure there is no smuggling of banned articles into the prisons. Twenty-six-year old rape victim, who gave Mahanand his first conviction, had alleged he was making frequent calls on her mobile phone and sending text messages about marrying her. Calangute police, investigating the case have approached the cellular company seeking call details and tower location of the mobile number used to threaten the girl. It is not clear how and who smuggled the phone to Mahanand. Mahanand is so far convicted in three cases, appeals of which are pending in the High Court, and acquitted in seven cases of rape, murder and robbery.