Mann maintains that there is no longer a VIP culture in Punjab jails.

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann declares closing of VIP cells in Punjab prisons . He promises tough action against those who enjoy exclusive facilities inside state jails .

Chandigarh: Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann declared the closing of VIP cells in Punjab prisons on Saturday, promising tough action against those who enjoy exclusive facilities inside the state jails, saying they cannot have access to services while sitting in the jail, and that the VIP cells will be turned into administrative blocks.Between March 16 and May 10, up to 710 mobiles were recovered from jail inmates.According to the chief minister, the gangsters and smugglers used these mobiles to run their rackets from the jails, and that investigations were ongoing to locate those individuals whose names the phone numbers were recorded, and that tough action would be taken shortly.The responsibility of the officers and staff of jails involved in allowing the phones to pass should also be eliminated, he said.