According to reports, in a bid to curb of illegal phone calls originating in jails, as many as 300 mobile phone jammers powered by solar energy are going to be installed in 24 district and central jailsacross Uttar Pradesh before the end of March 2017.
The move is aimed at completely preventing illegal phone communication between prisoners and their aides, often used to execute crimes such as contract murders, robbery and loot. The maximum number of jammers will be installed in Bareilly central jail besides those in Naini, Lucknow, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Agra and others.According to UP police, Bareilly central jail will have a maximum of 41 jammers, Naini central jail 28, Lucknow central jail 24, Meerut district jail 15, Aligarh district jail 12, Etah central jail seven and Agra central jail six.
The installation of solar-powered jammers will be done in stages. In the first phase, jails in Muzaffarnagar, Agra, Varanasi, Mirzapur, Sultanpur, Meerut and Noida are going to be fitted with solar-powered jammers. Later, the jails in Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Naini, Pratapgarh, Lucknow, Aligarh and Bulandshahr will have the jammers and the rest later.