Police and prison authorities jointly conducted a surprise check in the Palayamkottai Central Prison on Saturday in search of banned products being used by the inmates.

As over 1,500 life convicts and undertrials have been lodged in the Palayamkottai Central Prison, there were complaints of liberal use of mobile phones, tobacco products and ganja inside the jail premises.

Following instructions from Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli City, Mahender Kumar Rathod, around 50 policemen, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Palayamkottai, Vijayakumar, conducted the check in the cells along with the prison authorities.

However, the exercise that lasted for about two hours did not lead to the seizure of any banned product, sources said.

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