With recurrent cases of mobile phone usage being reported from within prisons, the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) has been asked to install 4G jammers in UP jails.
While jammers are installed in prison compounds across 75 districts in the state, they are unable to block the 4G network, thus enabling inmates to run their crime syndicates with the help of 4G enabled phones.
Installed several decades ago, these jammers successfully block second generation (2G) and third generation (3G) networks, but are unable to restrict the fourth generation (4G) communication, thus giving the prison department a tough time in checking the activities of prisoners.
Aware of the loophole, prisoners take advantage of power cuts and communicate with their aides, giving orders of extortion, robbery and even supari killings, as jammers don’t resume operation till power supply is restored.
Inspector general of prisons department Pramod Kumar Mishra said ECIL would install solar powered 4G jammers in 24 prisons in the state, including five central jails at Naini (Allahabad), Varanasi, Fatehgarh, Bareilly and Agra