Prison jammer system upgrade begins, GSM signal blockers are being upgraded to control 4G networks
Jammu and Kashmir: Under the new system, any mobile networks operating illegally in prisons will be blocked. Following approval from the Home Office, the prison department has begun work.
An exercise has been started to stop dreaded terrorists and criminals being held in Jammu and Kashmir prisons from using mobile phones. Existing GSM jammers are being upgraded to take control of the 4G-like networks at Kot Bhalwal in Jammu Central Prison and Srinagar Central Prison. Currently, only 2G jammers are installed in other prisons, including these two.
Under the new system, any mobile networks operating illegally in prisons will be blocked. Following approval from the Home Office, the prison department has begun work. Currently, the Central Prison in Jammu and Srinagar has started work. The system will be upgraded in all prisons over the next two months.
It is worth noting that the NIA found around 25 mobile phones and SIM cards in a raid in Srinagar Central Prison about two years ago. It was earlier reported that terrorists in prisons used to use mobile phones. In addition to this, earlier this year, CID recovered 12 mobile phones and SIM cards in a raid at Jammu Central Prison.
Prisons department DGP HK Lohia said work had already begun on upgrading jail 2G jammers. There have been incidents of cell phones being taken from prisons, but the prison management is very strict, and there is no possibility that any criminals or terrorists use too many cell phones.