Tihar Jail to issue Photo I-cards for visitors

Tihar Jail has decided to issue photo identity cards to visitors and install X-ray scanners at all the entry points from January end.

delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2006 16:52 IST

In steps to revamp its security system, Tihar Jail has decided to issue photo identity cards to visitors and install X-ray scanners at all the entry points from later this month.

"The X-Ray scanners will be installed at all the nine entry points. The scanners will be helpful issuing identity cards with photographs to visitors coming to the jail," said Sunil Kumar, the jail PRO.

The decision came following Kain Committee report recommending such facility in the wake of escape of Sher Singh Rana from the jail in 2004.

The scanner will also detect any prohibitory items, if taken into the jail premises by anybody, Kumar said.

"Passage of prohibited substance like currency notes, narcotics, cell phones and costly metals can be completely checked," he said.

The jail has procured the scanners at a cost of Rs 14 lakh, he said.

About 3,000 visitors turn up everyday in the jail to meet the inmates. There are about 13,000 inmates in this jail, Asia's largest.

Besides, short circuit cameras have been set up at sensitive places in all the nine jails to monitor the activities of the inmates, he said.

"The security arrangement will witness a makeover with the new scanners in place," he added.

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 11:03 IST