Full body scanners for Parliament security

Last Updated: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 09:44

New Delhi: With security of lawmakers being
a prime concern, Parliament could soon have full body scanners
and vehicle scanners.

As part of measures to further beef up security in the
highly protected complex, installation of these new gadgets
are being considered.

The state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has been
asked by the Lok Sabha Secretariat to give a demonstration of
these scanners as early as possible.

Parliament sources said the use of new gadgets are being
thought of to ensure fool-proof security to Parliament which
had witnessed a terror strike in 2001.

The Committee on Security in Parliament Complex headed by
Deputy Speaker Karia Munda had earlier wanted to send a team
of Parliamentarians to some countries to see how the system
works but has now given up the idea.

Following the 2001 attack, security in the entire complex
had been overhauled. CCTV cameras put in place during the
Speakership of Shivraj Patil in early 1990s had helped in
the investigation of the terror strike.

A full-body scanner is a seven-metre box through which
one has to pass while entering a building. This equipment was
installed at several airports in Western countries after the
9/11 terror attacks in the US.


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First Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 09:44

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