The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police carried out a raid inside the Parappana Agrahara prison on Wednesday at 5 am in the morning. During the raid, the officers have seized 37 knives/daggers, marijuana, mobile phones, and SIM cards from the prison cells. A team of 60 CCB officials conducted the raids in Bengaluru.
Karnataka: 37 knives & daggers, cannabis & pipes made for smoking cannabis, mobile phones and SIM cards were seized in the raid by City Crime Branch at Parappana Agrahara Central prison in Bengaluru today. https://t.co/tleA39gbkV pic.twitter.com/z8YDDjh5Zu— ANI (@ANI) October 9, 2019
According to reports, the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Sandeep Patil, said, “Based on various complaints, we conducted raids at Parappana Agrahara jail today and seized mobile phones, SIM cards, knives/daggers, ganja, ganja smoking pipes, and other banned items. Further investigation is going on.”
Parappana Agrahara Central Prison is the largest prison in Karnataka, spread over 40 acres. It houses more than 4,000 prisoners with 810 barracks. The prison houses former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary V K Sasikala.
Earlier in a similar incident, an astounding video of prisoners emerging from the premises of jail in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district had put the prison security under scrutiny. The video that had been widely shared on social media finds two prisoners charged with murder flaunting pistols and making provocative statements against the Yogi Adityanath government.
Unnao: AK Singh, Jail Superintendent, Unnao District Jail, says, On the basis of viral video showing prisoners at the jail brandishing arms and threatening jail authorities, a report has been submitted to the relevant authority and action will be taken in this regard." pic.twitter.com/t5GdmGeiCa— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 26, 2019
Brazenly walking around the premises, the inmates could be seen posing for the camera, panning across jail compound, ostentatiously showing drugs and then shoving it off into the pockets. Apart from brandishing pistols, the prisoners could be seen getting outside food and consuming alcohol within the premises. The prisoners were also seen talking about turning the jail into an office.