New Delhi: The step to consolidate the security of South Asia’s biggest jail Tihar by installing full body scanners is stuck as the AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board) has not yet given permission for installing the machine.  The AERB has not yet finalized the security directives on the use of full body scanners.

However, the government has also not decided on the Tihar Jail authorities request for permission to install the machines to upgrade the security at the country’s most important jail.

DIG of Tihar Prisons, RN Sharma said, “We are waiting for an approval from AERB. Tihar will be the first in the country to install a full body scanner in order to check smuggling.”

The instances of smuggling of prohibited items like narcotics, mobiles and weapons by inmates are on the rise and the Tihar administration is demanding for the use of scanners to check inmates. Jail authorities claim that the inmates manage to conceal prohibited items in their under garments. They also claimed that instance of ferrying goods inside the jail has increased.

In a recent incident, three packets of prohibited narcotics were found during the post-mortem of a prisoner named Naeem. 

As per the rules, Tihar Prisons administration needs an approval from AERB for the installation of these scanners.