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Maha jails to get phone jammers to prevent Salem-like attacks

After the attack on gangster Abu Salem, the state prison department plans to install mobile phone detectors in jails to prevent the illegal use of mobiles.

mumbai Updated: Aug 05, 2013 09:01 IST
Rahul Mahajani

After the attack on gangster Abu Salem, the state prison department plans to install mobile phone detectors in jails to prevent the illegal use of mobiles.

The department has already installed detectors in eight central jails on a trial basis.

However, following the attack on Salem the prison department has planned to install the detectors in all the district jails within a month.

According to sources, this is the first time that mobile detectors have been installed in jails.

The detectors which were procured by the central government at a cost of Rs1.5 lakh per machine are presently installed at the Yerwada jail in Pune, the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai, Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai, Thane central jail, as well as central jails in Amravati, Kolhapur, Nashik and Nagpur.

After the trial, 28 district jails and the Aurangabad central jail are likely to get the detectors.

Investigations into the firing on Abu Salem had revealed that the shooter, Devendra Jagtap had smuggled two mobile phones in to Taloja jail from where he took orders from gangster Chhota Shakeel.

Several such cases have been reported from prisons all over the state.

Apart from mobile detectors, the prison department also plans to install 450 jammers across the jails for which nearly Rs1.5 crore has been budgeted.

The jammers would be first installed in all nine central prisons followed by 28 district prisons.

Vinod Lokhande, the inspector general of police (jails) confirmed that the trial of mobile detectors was currently underway in jails.