The Chief Warder of Jharapada Special Jail in the Capital City was suspended on Sunday following the seizure of cannabis, mobile phones and other incriminating articles from prison cells on Saturday.
The chief warder, identified as Sudarshan Barik, has been placed under suspension following a preliminary inquiry into the detection, said a jail official adding that charges will be framed against him accordingly.
The other articles which were found inside the jail included four SIM cards, five mobile chargers, one pendrive and five mobile battery. Besides, 250 grams of unclaimed ganja like substances was also seized.
These articles were seized from the back side of dining hall and Ward No.15, near Ward No. 1 and segregation ward.
According to sources, these items were confiscated during the ongoing 'Operation Clean Up' launched by the Odisha Prisons department, under the supervision of DG Prisons and Director of Correctional Services Santosh Kumar Upadhyay.
The ganja like substances were destroyed as per Rule 446(a) of Odisha Model Jail Manual, 2020. In this regard, a FIR was lodged at the Laxmisagar police station and the unclaimed seized articles were handed over to the police authorities with proper acknowledgement.
“This mission will be intensified till the jail authorities get satisfied with zero contraband articles in their respective jails,” read a statement issued by the Odisha Prisons Headquarters on Saturday.
“Operation Clean Up is being undertaken by the Directorate of Prisons & Correctional Services, Odisha for complete and overall reform and change of the jail sub-culture in a mission mode. Making jails free of mobile phones and contrabands is a mandate under the 5T programme of the Government of Odisha,” the statement further read.