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Secy fiat to fix jail jammers

- Repair gadgets in 30 days, IG (prisons) office told

Ranchi, Dec 18: The state home department has finally woken up to the need to upgrade security across Jharkhand’s prisons that have been faced with lack of equipment and manpower.

Home secretary J.B. Tubid today asked inspector-general (prisons) S.S. Tiwari to ensure that jammers in the state central jails — Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Ghaghidih, Dumka and Dhanbad — were made functional as early as possible.

Several senior jail officials attended the high-level meeting convened by Tubid this evening, sources said.

The home secretary did not receive calls, despite repeated attempts by this correspondent, while Tiwari refused to comment on the meeting.

However, a senior functionary of the prison department who did not want to be named said that a month’s deadline had been given to the IG prisons’ office to ensure malfunctioning jammers were repaired at all the places where they are installed.

The Telegraph has been highlighting the poor state of jail equipment, including defunct CCTV and jammers in the state prisons.

On Tuesday, too, a report on the 40-acre Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi focused on the trend of smuggling of SIM cards in the prison, which is also crippled with defunct cameras and jammers.

“The home secretary asked the IG (prisons) to take up the matter seriously and rectify the jammers by co-ordinating with the Electronic Corporation of India, which installed them on priority basis. The problem of defunct cameras will also be looked into simultaneously,” said a source.

Birsa jail has eight jammers, which are largely incapable of detecting phone signals. The problem is more palpable after the launch of 3G phones.

“The brief today was to ensure that the existing jammers are functionally fully to at least block all 2G signals at every nook and corner within the jails. This will solve half the problem. Once it is done, we will initiate steps for high-end jammers,” the source added.

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