Digital Desk, New Delhi. At least 19 mobile phones were recovered from inmates in the national capital’s Tihar Jail during a surprise inspection. An official gave this information here on Saturday. Sources told IANS that a surprise inspection was carried out by the jail authorities on the intervening night of January 6-7. During the investigation, 19 phones (6 Android and 13 small ones) were sold for Rs 1,500, chargers, wires and hand-made fangs, they said. Things were confiscated.
The surprise inspection was carried out after a prisoner was admitted to the hospital after swallowing a mobile phone. Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel told IANS that the incident happened on January 5. Goyal had said on Friday that though his condition was fine so far, the mobile phone was still inside his body.
Tihar Jail is beefing up its security arrangements after its officials were caught providing facilities to inmates, the main gadget of which was a mobile phone. During the last six months, 40 jails were used by various law enforcement agencies. More than one officers have been booked for benefitting the prisoners in one way or the other. Goel, in an earlier interview with IANS, had said that Tihar Jail will soon have two X-ray based human body scanners, which will be available in jail. Can prevent infiltration of illegal items and gadgets inside the premises.
The use of mobile phones by prisoners is a serious concern. However, this can be tackled with the use of appropriate technology. Goyal said that they are setting up three new towers inside the jail premises, which will limit the mobile signal.
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