Dog squad to check smuggling of narcotics into Tihar jail
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 19:53
  
New Delhi: Now a dog squad will come to the rescue of Tihar Prisons authorities to help them check the smuggling of banned narcotic substances and drugs into jail premises by inmates.

As most of the inmates lodged at the jail have a history of addiction to drugs, attempts are often made by them to smuggle in such items. In the year 2010, three prisoners were caught carrying drugs in their body cavities inside the prison premises, DG Tihar Prisons, Neeraj Kumar said.

"We have been able to check the entry of restricted items like mobile phone sets and razor blades inside the jails. But the metal detectors are not effective in detecting entry of drugs. Dogs can be effective in such situation. They can smell from a distance and tell if someone is in possession of some restricted item, even drugs," he said.

"We have put forth a request for the same to the Delhi government and are waiting for their nod. Once we get the permission to go ahead we will decide our next course of action," Kumar said.

Kumar informed that this action was initiated following the recommendation of the Lieutenant Governor.

It all began with the magisterial inquiry into the death of an undertrial Babloo in the year 2009. After the inquiry the LG recommended bringing in a dog squad to check entry of doping items, he said.

Kumar said, "We agree it is not hundred per cent foolproof but yes it is more effective than other mechanical devices and manual checking."

PTI


First Published: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 19:53


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