By Gazala Anver
A witness in the case against underworld gangster M.N. Naufer alias Potta Naufer, alleges that the gangster uses a cell phone within the prison premises to carry on with his operations.
Witness Dr. Zurfick Ghouse said that Potta Naufer gives orders from the prison. “He has a cell phone. He even called and threatened me once. In fact, after he broke the Moulana building in Pettah, he gave orders to his henchmen to build it again, through his cell phone.”
Ghouse, who came forward with a complaint against Potta Naufer, imprisoned in the Bogambara Prison for the killing of the High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya, is currently seeking damages of Rs. 50 million from the underworld figure. Ghouse has accused Naufer of tearing down the Moulana building in Pettah, giving no prior warning to the tenants. The court case is currently ongoing.
Commissioner General of Prisons, Major General V.R. De Silva however said that he does not have any information about this case in particular and will launch an investigation into the matter. “This is the first time I have heard of this,” he said.
Minister of Prisons, Chandrasiri Gajadeera however said that while he does not wish to talk about Potta Naufer in particular, it is not just a few people who use cell phones within the prison. “A lot of people,” he said, “use cell phones within prison premises.” He also added that they are doing everything in their power to stop this occurrence, and have managed to confiscate several cell phones and even drugs which have been smuggled into prison. “We are doing all we can about this matter,” said the Minister.