Five mobile phones were seized during an inspection at the Baroque of Ferozepur Central Prison.
Kailash (who goes by the same name), assistant jail superintendent, said in a complaint to police that during the inspection of Barrack No. 1, a mobile phone with a SIM card was seized by the inmates, Gurbhaj Singh and Arshadeep Singh, on Friday evening.
In the same barrack, three other phones with SIM cards were found hidden elsewhere.
Two jailed inmates and three unknown persons have been booked under the Prison Act.
Senior Superintendent of Police of Ferozepur, Charanjit Singh Sohal, has instructed the jail superintendent to take some corrective measures and increase police deployment around the jail.
The searches have been intensified after a police investigation into the assassination of singer-politician Sidhu Moos Wala suggested the involvement of gangsters operating their campaigns behind bars.
In the past ten days, twelve mobile phones have been confiscated by inmates, including prison burglars.
On Tuesday, prison officials confiscated three mobile phones from a high-security barrack, where the suspect of the Moose Walla murder was recorded before being taken into SIT production warrants. Two mobile phones with SIM cards were confiscated by two gangsters in jail on Wednesday, followed by two on Friday and one without a SIM card on Saturday.
Punjab Prison Minister Harjot Bains recently claimed that all prisons would be free from mobile phones in the next 6 to 8 months.