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Cell phones inside Tihar: DG claims to break nexus

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New Delhi, Aug 11, 2019-

High profile prisoner inside Tihar jail using mobile phones to communicate outside, is a known fact. Acknowledging the fact for the first time, the newly appointed Director General of Delhi Prisons, Sandeep Goel said dismantling the nexus will be his priority.

In an exclusive interview, senior IPS officer Goel said that this is going to be the biggest challenge of his career to break the syndicate of the gang which supplies mobile phones to the jail inmates.

Goel took charge as the Director General of Delhi Prisons, Tihar on July 17.

He said the way mobile phones were being smuggled into the prison and landing into the hands of gangsters lodged in the jail is a cause of concern for the prison authorities.

“My first priority is to dismantle the nexus of the jail inmates and staff members who help the mobile phones land in the underworld dons and gangsters’ lap,” he said.

“I held a meeting with all the 16 jail superintendents of Delhi in this connection. We have made a concrete plan which will be put into action soon,” the 1989 batch IPS officer said.

“For security reasons, I would not like to elaborate more, but will definitely say that this illegal activity will be done away with once and for all.”

“I may be new to this place, but prison and its working system is not new to me. I hope the experience of working with Delhi Police will come handy in dealing with the problems of Tihar prison,” Goel added.

To prevent the calls made through whatsapp using Wi-Fi or VOIP (Voice over internet protocol) numbers, Goel said: “There is a need to upgrade the jammer system in Tihar and other jails of the national capital.”

On the question of how mobile phones reach the jail inmates in spite of all the restrictions, Goel said the gangsters are smart and tech-savvy, but not enough to dodge the vigil for too long a time.

The Tihar jail is on high alert after the union government’s decision to scrap Article 370 of the constitution that had given special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the DG Prisons, said.

With Jammu and Kashmir being on high alert ever since the government’s move on August 5, prisoners from the troubled state were being shifted to other jails in the country — Lucknow District Jail, Agra Central jail and Bareilly district jail and others.

Most of these prisoners were arrested in terror cases and anti-national activities. Over the past three days, 70 prisoners from Jammu and Kashmir jails have been shifted to high security jails in Uttar Pradesh alone.

On the question of similar shifting to Tihar prison, Goel said: “Shifting of prisoners is nothing new. There are many prisoners from Kashmir valley, who have been lodged in high security wards of various jails in Delhi including Tihar.”

Goel said he will also take care of the overcrowding in jails.  (Agency)

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