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West Bengal: Teenaged girl held for supplying narcotic drug to jail inmate

IANS | Kolkata |

A teenaged girl was arrested for allegedly trying to supply narcotic drugs in a case of talcum powder to an inmate in Dumdum Correctional Home here, jail authorities said on Wednesday.

“A girl was caught by the guards while trying to slip in a powder-like narcotic substance, suspected to be heroin, to an inmate, Bhagirath Sarkar, on Tuesday evening. She was handed over to the police,” a senior jail official who did not wish to be named told IANS.

The officer said the accused was previously known to the inmate, who has been in jail for two and a half years owing to charges of attempt to murder.

“The relatives of the jail inmates are allowed to meet them and provide certain items for day to day usage under the supervision of the guards. The girl was trying to supply the narcotic substance in a case of talcum power but the guards caught her,” he added.

Police said the girl was arrested on Tuesday night and produced in a court on Wednesday.

The incident took place barely three days after a contractual doctor at another city correctional home was caught while trying to smuggle in cannabis, alcohol, cell phones and cash.