Jail vans carrying prisoners, including terrorists, to courts in the capital will soon be equipped with sophisticated tracking devices so as to rush forces in case of an escape attempt or attack on the vehicles.
Delhi Police is procuring 67 systems “very soon” which will do a “real time tracking” of jail vans which transport undertrial prisoners, including terrorists, lodged in Tihar jails to various courts across the city.
The move comes in the backdrop of increasing cases of fights among undertrial prisoners inside the jail vans while being taken to courts.
“As of now there were no escape attempts. We do not want to take any chance as we are also transporting terrorists to courts for hearing. This is one among the measures to ensure security,” a senior police official said.
Asked whether there was any intelligence input about prisoners trying to escape which prompted the police to go for such systems, the official answered in the negative.
“These measures are routine. This is part of our technical upgradation programme. We already have tracking systems on PCR vans. We will be installing such devices in all other vehicles of city police later,” he said.