LAHORE - The Punjab Prisons Department have fired 75 officials, including warders, for having connived with gangsters and hardcore criminals to permit them to lead their rings from 32 districts and central jails of the province, it has been learned .

According to well-placed sources, the dismissed officials were backing inmates, including ringleaders, land grabbers, hitmen and dacoits, to run their illegal activities through mobile phones from jails.

The authorities recovered 1,925 cell phones (670 from Lahore Region, 380 from Faisalabad Region, 417 from Rawalpindi and 458 from Multan Region), 368 SIM cards and 348 mobile phone chargers from the possession of jailed gangsters during the current year.

Under a programme, the department is going to establish three public call offices (PCOs) at the Kot Lakhpat Jail, Faisalabad Jail and Bahawalpur Central Jail.  Punjab Prisons Inspector General Mian Farooq Nazeer said a prisoner could call his relatives for 15 minutes in a week. Inmates have been asked to provide five contact numbers, which would be verified by jail authorities, he added.

“The Punjab government has disbursed Rs20 million for installation of jammers in jails,” he said, adding that jammers were installed at the Kot Lakhpat jail on a trial basis. The department was taking up the matter with the ministry concerned over the issue,” he stated.

After the Bannu jailbreak, the Punjab Prisons Department has initiated a Rs213.9 million project to construct security walls around the existing perimeter in the district of Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Lahore, Minawali DG Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur. Authorities said these walls would be the first barrier to terrorists strike at the jail.

On Thursday, the prisons inspector general visited the Faisalabad central jail to review security and issued directives to the authorities concerned to ensure foolproof security.

Woman commits suicide: A factory worker’s wife allegedly committed suicide by shooting herself inside her home over a family dispute in South Cantonment police precincts on Thursday afternoon.

Police investigators, however, have suspected the involvement of her husband in her murder. The body of Farheen Bibi, mother of two, was lying in bedroom at Nishat Colony. A neighbor told TheNation that the duo often quarreled over petty disputes and they exchanged hot words, which led to physical brawl.

He said Farheen, hailing from Karachi, tied knot with Muntazir some years back and started residing in Nishat Colony six month ago. The couple was observed frequent brawls over small household disputes. “On the day of incident, Muntazir, an employee in Sugar Factory, exchanged hot words with her wife and later went out of his home to bring her daughter from the school,” on duty police officer said, adding on his return, the girl was found shot dead and her body was lying ups and down on the bed. “Either she has committed suicide or she was shot dead but only one bullet, which pierced into her body near chest, was fired on her from a pistol,” he further said. Later, the body was removed to the City morgue for autopsy. No case was registered till filing of this report. Further investigation is underway.

TWO DIED: Two persons, yet to be identified, were found dead – one from Corporation Garden near Pir Maki Darbar and second from Qila Gujjar Singh area – on Thursday. Both deceased were spotted by locals, who informed police. The bodies were removed to morgue for autopsy. Police concerned have declared them drugs addicts and main cause of their death was pronounced excessive usage of drugs. Cops are awaiting an autopsy to ascertain the causes of their death.