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Kerala: mobiles in jails hint at terror links

Oct 21, 2011 01:21 PM IST India India

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Police have submitted an alarming report to the state government on the seizure of 120 mobile phones from the state's prisons. The reports hints that there could be a terror link to Kerala's jails and some prisoners may be orchestrating terror from jail.

The report, submitted by Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Alexander Jacob, gives details of 120 mobile phones sized and the calls made to some satellite numbers.

Out of the 120 mobiles phones 30 were recovered in September from Kannur prison where Bangalore blast accused including Lashkar-e-Toiba suspect T Nazir and his accomplice Shafaz were lodged. The duo was later shifted to a jail in Bangalore.

The report says some of the calls were made to satellite phone numbers which suggest a terror link.

At least 16 calls were made to the United States of America and five were possibly made to Pakistan, Afghanistan or Somalia. Kerala Police Cyber Cell has succeeded in recovering call details of 28 phones.

"The call details show 18 digit numbers with digits and letters in it. These are satellite phone numbers. It is impossible for an ordinary jail inmate to possess satellite phones worth lakhs of rupees. Therefore it is pointing towards a dangerous terrorist link. We need to recollect that satellite phones were used during Mumbai terrorist attack," the report says.

The 16 digit numbers show that calls were made to America while five digit numbers are shown as diverted calls. The report says that there is an urgent need to find out whether the diverted calls were to Afghanistan, Pakistan or Somalia.

According to the report if a remote controlled bomb is connected via the number an explosion can be triggered sitting in jail. The report also points out that international calls point towards a dangerous trend of terrorism that can affect nation's security.

The report recommends that a central agency like the National Investigation Agency, the Research and Analysis Wing or the Intelligence Bureau should probe the international calls.