GILGIT: Mobile phones were recovered from inmates at the district jail of Gilgit in a search operation of the barracks on Saturday. The search came a day after two groups of prisoners clashed, leaving four injured. “We searched the barracks and recovered mobile phones from the inmates,” said Ali Sher, a senior police official without giving details of the number of cell phones seized. Sher added this was common in jails across the country. Talking about the clash, Sher said the jails are overcrowded and the heat, lack of electricity and unhygienic conditions become unbearable for the inmates who often start fighting with each other.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2013.