Punjab prisoners busy on Facebook!

Jul 26, 2013, 00:05 IST | Agencies

Armed with smart-phones, young prisoners in jails across Punjab are well-connected with the outside world through social networking sites, especially Facebook.

These prisoners are not only connected with their friends but are freely uploading photographs from inside the prison premises. Some of the photos are those of other prisoners lodged in these jails.

A look at the Facebook accounts of some of the prisoners shows that they are not only communicating with others but are also getting comments about life behind bars.

Illustration/Amit Bandre

“Kadd bahar aa rahe ho 22 G (when are you coming out brother),” is the question posed on the wall of a prisoner. The prisoners are freely indulging in the social networking activity in prisons located in Kapurthala, Patiala, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur, among other places.

However, the news is not welcomed from all corners. Stating security risks, a former officer, said, “If this activity is going on in Punjab’s prisons, it’s a very dangerous thing and has implications for our national security. A number of Pakistani prisoners are lodged in these prisons and can contact their handlers.”

Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Rajpal Meena said: “I don’t know anything about this. If you have any information, please share it.”

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