Kolkata: A physician working for the Alipore Central Correctional Home in Kolkata has been arrested on charges of supplying narcotics and mobile phones to the prisoners.
Police have found on him Rs 1.46-lakh in cash, 2.2 kg ganja, four litre alcohol, 35 mobile handsets, and 29 mobile chargers.
The arrested physician Amitabha Choudhury has been attached to the jail hospital for the last nearly 10 years. Prior to this, he was a doctor in the Indian Army and joined the Alipore Central Correctional Home after retirement.
Senior officials of the state correctional home department have been puzzled for some time now as regards the supply chain of mobile phones, alcohol, and narcotics that they keep on confiscating from the inmates of Alipore jail. Until now, it was thought that relatives of inmates who come to meet them are behind this.
The officials, however, recently got a tip-off about the doctor of the jail, Choudhury, to be the man behind the supply chain. Accordingly, the deputy inspector general of the correctional home department, Biplab Das and the superintendent of Alipore jail last night launched a sudden frisking of all staff entering the jail.
It was around 11 pm that by frisking Choudhury they found on him the money, alcohol, ganja, and mobile phones. He was arrested at once. The jail sources claimed that the physician has confessed to supplying the items to the prisoners in lieu of money for last several years.
Choudhury used to make around Rs 60,000 a month from these supplies. His wife and son are also doctors but not attached to the Alipore jail, they said.
The arrested doctor has been produced in the Alipore court today. Police have prayed to take him on remand for further interrogation so to find out his accomplices.