Punjab Police to install mobile phone jammers in prisons

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Chandigarh, Jan 18 (UNI) The Punjab Police has chalked out an ambitious plan to install jammers and close circuit cameras in the highly sensitive and high security jails of the state.

This is being done to check the use of mobile phones by hardcore criminals lodged inside jails and to establish the identities of their sympathisers outside.

Disclosing this at the monthly crime review meeting here today DGP N P S Aulakh said that this matter is being taken up with the State Government. These high-tech gadgets would soon be the part of the security measures in the state jails, he added.

He urged the field officers to be more vigilant about the activities of the hardcore criminals who are released on bail from jails. He also called for a vigil on dismissed police officials and former terrorists, who are on bail or have been released.

The DGP also emphasised on the need to enhance the present training capacity of the force. Ten district police training schools would be upgraded at a total cost of Rs one crore during the current year, he told the officers at the meeting.

Taking a serious note of the growing number of proclaimed offenders or absconders in the state, he directed the field officers to launch a special three month campaign against them. He also called for reviewing the cases of 1300 NRI's who had been declared as proclaimed offenders or absconders.

He also directed the concerned district police chiefs to identify suitable sites for setting up six NRI police stations at Ludhiana, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Moga, Nawanshehar and Hoshiarpur. These police stations would start functioning from April 13 onwards.

The DGP further said that to check activities of unscrupulous travel agents, the field officers should ensure filing of challans against such accused travel agents, wherever a case had been registered.

While issuing strict warning to the corrupt elements in the police force, the DGP directed the SSP's and other senior police officers to recommend cases of such police personnel for compulsory retirement to the state headquarters. He also took a serious note of the incidents of escape from custody and directed the officers to take stern action against the guilty police personnel.

The meeting was attended by all the ADGP's, Zonal IGs, Range DIGs and district police chiefs.

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