Mobile phone jammers in jails of Haryana’s NCR towns will soon help check the use of cellphones by inmates, an offence that has been on the rise in Gurgaon.
Every other day, the police book inmates of Bhondsi jail in Gurgaon for using mobile phones and other communication devices in the prison. In the last one year, the police have confiscated over 200 cellphones from Bhondsi jail.
This will soon stop as the Haryana prison department has recently bought 14 jammers worth Rs 6 crore from Hyderabad-based Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL).
The jammers, which will be installed in eight jails of NCR towns by March 2016, will jam cellular network inside the jail complex.
Inmates will not be able to make calls, send messages or use the internet.
The government plans to purchase 140 more jammers for a total cost of Rs 50 crore to Rs 1,550 crore, director general of prisons, Haryana, Parminder Rai announced this on Friday at a two-day workshop on modernisation and jail reforms held at Bhondsi jail.
“For the last five years, Haryana has been planning to install jammers in its jails, for which it had proposed to buy 140 jammers for 19 jails. The cabinet secretariat of the Haryana government had directed the government to purchase 140 static cellphone jammers from the Hyderabad firm. Each jammer costs around Rs 35 lakh-Rs 40 lakh,” Harinder Singh, superintendent of Bhondsi jail, said.