Tihar Jail to get body scanner

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 16:42

New Delhi: Tihar Prisons here will become the
first jail in the country to install a full body scanner on
its premises to check smuggling of prohibited items like
narcotics, mobiles and weapons by inmates.

Officials said that two rounds of trials have been
successfully completed in the country`s largest jail.

"We will be the first in whole of India to have a body
scanner on our premises. This we will install to check
smuggling of prohibited items like drugs and narcotics,
mobiles, currency notes and weapons by inmates in their body
cavities," said R N Sharma, Deputy Inspector General of Tihar
Prisons.

"These prohibited items cannot be detected by normal
search or with help of metal detectors," he said.

The device gives an image of the body through their
clothing to look for hidden objects without making physical
contact with the inmates.

"We will be the first in whole of India to have a body
scanner on our premises. This we will install to check
smuggling of prohibited items like drugs and narcotics,
mobiles, currency notes and weapons by inmates in their body
cavities," said R N Sharma, Deputy Inspector General of Tihar
Prisons.

"These prohibited items cannot be detected by normal
search or with help of metal detectors," he said.

The device gives an image of the body through their
clothing to look for hidden objects without making physical
contact with the inmates.

They are being increasingly used at airports and train
stations in many countries to curb the smuggling of prohibited
items.

Sunil Gupta, spokesperson Tihar Prisons said, "The trial
runs were conducted in women`s prisons (Jail No. 6) and jails
that houses undertrials (Jail No. 8 and 9). Prisoners lodged in
these prisons are a notorious lot."

The women`s cell of Tihar has maximum complaints of
illegal use of cell phones.

"This is due to the possible inability of metal sensors
to check for prohibited items that they carry inside body
cavities," he said.

Sharma said that they are in the process of acquiring this
scanner that will cost them around Rs 2.5-3 crore.

"Trial run is over and now other formalities are in
process. They include looking into technical specifications,
inviting global tenders, getting a green signal from the
Atomic Energy Regulatory Board amongst others," he said.

However, an AERB official said that "the radiation emitted
by the full body scanner needs to be studied before we give a
go ahead to them."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 16:42

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