The Chandigarh Police would no more have to be dependent just on metal detectors and manual baggage checking,as they have added a latest mobile X-ray machine to its fleet.
Procured at a cost of around Rs 30 lakh,the Mobile X-ray Baggage Inspection System,will be used during VIP security and political rallies. The machine will save precious time presently spent in manual baggage checking. Further,it will also be able to detect those things which earlier went unnoticed.
Previously,police faced a lot of problems as they had to transport metal detectors in separate vehicles to places where the need was felt. These metal detectors were only able to check if any person was carrying anything made of metal which could pose a threat and baggage had to be manually checked.
With the induction of the machine,police will not have to manually inspect individual baggage for suspicious items which could be a threat to the VIPs. Even the transportation will not be a problem,as the machine is fitted on to a van and can be driven to any area within minutes.
The basic training to operate the machine has already been provided to over 18 police personnel. More staff is being trained and regular refresher courses will be held to apprise them of the things they have to look out for like polycarbonate weapons.
Speaking to Newsline,Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP Security) Deepak Saharan said,With the difficulties we used to face during VIP visits,we decided to purchase the van which had been fitted with latest X-ray machine. We have ordered two machines and one of the machines has already been handed over to us. The second machine is likely to be given to us in the coming days.
He added that the machine enables an operator to see all the contents of a bag on the screen and any suspicious item can be caught on screen and further verified by staff if required.