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Using Cell phone jammers in federal prisons

About two weeks ago, an attorney of the civil court, defending a Maoist's case, now lodged in prison, was astonished at getting his user's phone call in the night.

Using phones in prisons

The attorney was initially hesitant to get the call, but when he answered, the man introduced himself as one of his customers arrested on the charge of Maoist brutality. The prisoner Maoist wished to know the position of his case and how long it could take to obtain bail.

The attorney pleased his defendant by answering his question and told him to be patient. The telephone was suddenly disconnected, and the attorney went back to bed. The next day, he essayed to make a callback, but the mobile phone was inaccessible.

"Up to now, only agents of Maoist could come to me and pay charges, but it was for the first time that a prisoned Maoist himself called me. He was distressed and thwarted and even had a stern voice as he asked how much time it could take to obtain bail," reported the attorney in a state of anonymity.

Cell phone jamming

The situation shows that the cell phone jamming device placed in Birsa Munda Central Prison is vulnerable and permits inmates to call. Prison sources said that he could call anybody if the prisoner had authority and money.

IG (Jail) Vijay Kumar Singh agreed that prisoners made phone calls inside the prison despite jamming devices. "The jamming devices established in diverse prisons are for 2G mobile phone systems, but it fails to see or debar calling in 3G systems available in modern shops," commented Singh.

"The guiding mobile providers are all 3G systems; therefore, the phone calls made via these systems are not seen and blocked. We have requested tech degradation, and soon, the jamming devices will be upgraded to cease calls from these 3G systems," commented Singh.

Increased control in federal prisons

He also said that to increase control, close circuit cams will be established in all the prisons that were initially established in only principal prisons and in several sensitive jails.

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