A year af­ter prom­ise, Taloja jail waits for hi-tech phone jam­mers

LAX SE­CU­RITY The jail has 21 or­di­nary jam­mers in­stalled on its premises, which is not enough

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab. bhuyan@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

NAVI MUM­BAI: It has been 10 months since state home min­is­ter Ran­jeet Patil an­nounced that ad­vanced mo­bile net­work j am­mers will be i nstalled at Taloja cen­tral jail to stop i nmates f rom es­tab­lish­ing con­tacts with the other world with mo­bile phone.

Ad­vanced jam­mers cover a wider area than the nor­mal ones and peo­ple can­not use cell phones even in the pe­riph­eral ar­eas.

How­ever, the jail au­thor­i­ties have not re­ceived even one of them till date.

Patil vis­ited the jail in May last year to take stock of the se­cu­rity sys­tems.

He had as­sured the au­thor­i­ties that all nec­es­sary equip­ment will be pro­vided so that no in­mate can do any un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties in­side the jail.

As of now, the jail has 21 jam­mers in­stalled at dif­fer­ent spots.

The of­fi­cials said that they need at least 20 more jam­mers to cover the en­tire area.

Sev­eral in­mates were caught red- handed while talk­ing on mo­bile phones in­side the jail ear­lier and le­gal ac­tions were taken against them. How­ever, how they got the mo­bile phones is still not known.

“A few months ago, we con­ducted a sur­vey to know the num­ber of ad­di­tional j am­mers re­quired in the jail and the list was sent to the state govern­ment. But we have not re­ceived any re­sponse so far,” said a jail of­fi­cer on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“The govern­ment pro­vided us 74 closed- cir­cuit tele­vi­sion ( CCTV) cam­eras last year and al­most all of them have been in­stalled at dif­fer­ent places. The cam­eras are be­ing mon­i­tored from a con­trol room on the jail premises,” he added.

Sev­eral aides of gang­sters such as Ch­hota Ra­jan, Ravi Pu­jari and Bharat Nepali gang have been kept in Taloja jail.

“We can ac­com­mo­date 2,124 in­mates. As of now, we have around 1,600 in­mates. Around 60% of them are from places such as Mum­bai, Thane and Kalyan,” said an­other of­fi­cer.

“Se­cu­rity i nside the j ail was beefed up af­ter the at­tack on gang­ster Abu Salem by an in­mate,” the of­fi­cer said.

“A metal de­tec­tor and bag­gage scan­ner were in­stalled at the main en­trance. We have also writ­ten to the PWD to con­struct a re­stroom where the rel­a­tives of in­mates can take shel­ter when they come to meet them,” he added.

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