Over 15 prisons under Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli jail complexes in the city are in for a drastic overhaul of their security and surveillance systems, complete with body scanners, sophisticated close-circuit cameras and door-frame metal detectors to enhance security.
Advanced technology is set to be installed in nine jails at Tihar, the Rohini district jail and Mandoli prison complex to prevent smuggling of prohibited goods by prisoners, jail authorities said.
The new machines worth approximately Rs 60 crore include X-ray-based full human body scanners, X-ray baggage scanner machines, multi-zone door-frame metal detectors, deep-search metal detectors, hand-held metal detectors and FG1 security poles, jail officials said.
The Director-General, Prisons, Central Jail, Tihar, submitted the Action Plan 2014-15 to the Secretary (Home), Delhi government, under which the security devices will be purchased.
Deep-search metal detectors detect items concealed under the earth or in walls. Hand-held metal detectors will be used to frisk prisoners to prevent them from carrying prohibited items on them. Fourteen FG1 security poles will be installed in Tihar, which will be procured from the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd.
“The revamp of the security system will run up huge costs. But we have to shell out money if we are to meet international standards of security,” Sunil Gupta, PRO, Tihar jail, said.
For instance, prisoners often swallow drugs to get past security guards. So machines like body scanners, each of which costs around Rs 1 crore, will help us prevent such incidents.