Dog squad to check smuggling of narcotics into Tihar jail
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."