The raid was conducted by a Patna police team along with administrative officials after a tip-off that criminals turned politicians and gangsters were using mobile phones to influence voters, threaten political rivals and trying to manage the poll campaign from behind bars.

Items recovered from the prisoners' wards included mobile phones, SIMs, chargers, cash, sharp-edged weapon and cigarettes. Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Vikas Vaibhav said objectionable items have been seized from the wards of some powerful prisoners. A jail official told reporters that police raided the wards of criminals turned politicians Anant Singh, Sunil Pandey, Ritlal Yadav, gangster Bindu Singh and former minister Vijay Krishna, who is convicted of murder.

"These powerful leaders enjoy all the luxuries of life inside the jail; they have smartphones, mineral water, cigarettes, liquor and cash for use," the jail official said.

Anant Singh, a Janata Dal-United legislator from Mokamah, resigned from the party in early September. Known as 'Chhote Sarkar' for his muscle and money power, he was arrested in June in connection with a kidnapping-cum-murder case.

Thereafter, his past criminal cases were also reopened. Anant Singh plans to contest from Mokamah as an Independent in the coming assembly polls. Sunil Pandey, also a ruling JD-U legislator, was arrested in July on charge of helping in the escape of gangster Sachidanand Sharma alias Lambu Sharma.

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