Phone jamming devices installed at some prisons

By Indika Sri Aravinda

Phone jamming devises have been installed at some prisons in the country, the Defence Ministry said today.

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said that illegal operations have been continuing from within the prisons.

As a result phone jamming devises have been installed to block such operations handled by inmates using mobile phones smuggled into the cells.

He also said that the recent appointment of a new Prison Commissioner General resulted in a large haul of mobile phones and SIM cards being recovered from three prions.

“It’s no secret that prisons in this country had become sanctuaries for drug lords and underworld criminals over the years”, he said.

He said information had been received about criminals in the prisons who were operating large scale drug deals and other grave crimes from prison cells. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. These should be installed in all prisons. Prison staff should also be monitored as they are also culprits. Staff should be transferred and rotated to disrupt nefarious activities.

  2. Smuggling prohibited items to prisons is a daily occurrence. It is like a business. Prison staff have nothing to worry about as they get their salary plus the kick backs from the inmates. Unless stringent measures are introduced and random spot checks are made by people not connected to the prisons. As things stand, criminals are safe to conduct their business inside than outside !
    Nobody is taking serious action to eradicate this menace because there are connected interested parties, who are also benefited.


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