The I-scan equipment, which has the ability to detect traces of explosives and narcotics.(Courtesy: Laser-detect.com)
The I-scan equipment, which has the ability to detect traces of explosives and narcotics.(Courtesy: Laser-detect.com)

Attari check post gets modern surveillance equipment

Imported from Israel, one of the equipment called I-scan will be utilised to check the baggage of Samjhauta Express passengers as well as goods trains from Pakistan.
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Aseem Bassi
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2017 11:36 AM IST

After Centre’s failure to install full-body truck scanners at the Attari Integrated Check Post (ICP) even five years after the proposal was mooted, the customs authorities have acquired modern hand-held detectors for identification of narcotics and explosives traces.

Imported from Israel, one of the equipment called I-scan will be utilised to check the baggage of Samjhauta Express passengers as well as goods trains from Pakistan.

SEIZED

Jan 19, 2017: Customs department recovered 1-kg heroin from a goods train at Attari station.

May 5, 2016: Officials seize 4 pistols and 7 magazines being smuggled into India from Pakistan.

Nov 17, 2016: 310-gm heroin recovered from a goods train coming from Pakistan.

May 2016: Customs authorities recover 1-kg heroin from another goods train from Pakistan.

Sept 2014: 2 kg heroin, 3 Pak SIM cards recovered from a truck from Pakistan.

March 2014: 11 pistols, 22 magazines seized from 6 UP residents returning from Pakistan on Samjhauta Express.

“I-scan, which is capable of detecting traces of explosives and narcotics, will come in handy for checking both trucks and scanning baggage of the passengers,” says a customs official. The official adds that the testing of I-scans is currently on and the gadget will be put to use within a week.

Along with three I-scans, which cost around Rs 30 lakh, the customs authorities have also bought another device called video boroscope, which will help in checking cavities in the trucks. The department says it has acquired four video boroscopes.

TRUCK SCANNERS STILL MISSING

The authorities have failed to set up the much hyped full-body truck scanners at the ICP, which was inaugurated to facilitate trade between India and Pakistan in 2012.

While Pakistan has already put the facility in place, checking on the Indian side still depends on hand-held gadgets and human intelligence.

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