1,800 mobile phones seized from jails in Punjab this year

Chandigarh, Dec 28: Over 1,800 mobile phones were seized from various jails in the state this year during the checking of inmates. Besides, over 50 jail officials have been suspended for dereliction of duty and unethical practices.

Over 1,800 mobile phones were seized from various jails in the state this year during the checking of inmates. Besides, over 50 jail officials have been suspended for dereliction of duty and unethical practices.

Revealing this, Minister for Jails and Cooperation Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said the functioning of jails had improved due to which a large number of mobile phones and other banned items, including drugs and intoxicating tablets, had been recovered from jails.

The maximum number of phones (350) was seized from the Central Jail, Ludhiana, followed by Ferozepur Central Jail (110), Faridkot (98), Amritsar (95), Patiala (72), Bathinda (66) and Ropar (50).

Randhawa said to prevent the entry of mobile phones in jails, the state government, instead of installing jammers, was mulling installation of other electronic devices such as locaters and portable jammers. He said installing jammers was not a viable option as the network of various mobile companies would also get affected within a radius of 2 or 3 km from jails. 

He said frisking drills had been enhanced and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had been deployed in Amritsar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana and Bathinda jails. He said high security zones had been established in 12 jails. The Jails Department has also put into use metal detectors, X-ray machines, CCTV cameras beside Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) have been formed for the outer security of jails. Sources said since the Jails Department was facing an acute shortage of staff, the state government had given its nod to the recruitment of wardens and other staff.

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