In a bid to curb the spurt in cyber crimes in Odisha, the state government is planning to set up cyber police stations in every district across the state, chief secretary GC Pati said here today on the sidelines of the opening day of two-day workshop on ‘Cyber Crime Awareness’ at the Biju Patnaik State Police Academy (BPSPA).
Forensic Science Lab in Bhubaneswar
A dedicated cyber crime forensic cell will shortly be set up at the state forensic science laboratory in Bhubaneswar for examination of digital evidence collected by the investigating agencies. A senior police official said the proposal for a dedicated cyber crime forensic cell had been submitted to the state government for approval.
The cyber crime forensic cell will play a crucial role in assisting the cops at the proposed second cyber police station of the state that will come up in Bhubaneswar by the end of this year. The official said the police were reluctant to take up cyber crime cases due to lack of expertise and were referring them to the sole cyber crime police station in Cuttack.
Cyber Crime Official Stats
The Cyber police station at Cuttack was established in 2006 but became fully functional in 2007. At least three cyber cases were lodged in 2007 and 2008, while one case each was lodged in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
However, in 2012 the cyber police station registered 10 cases related to credit card fraud, pornography and online banking fraud. Sources said cyber crime incidents have been growing in the state at a significant rate and the only cyber police station at Cuttack was not enough to handle the cases.
As per news sources, the cyber police station in Cuttack had registered 45 cases in the past three years. Of them, 21 are related to social networking websites. Eleven cyber crime cases have been registered in 2015.
Of the 10 cases registered in 2012, four were related to social networking sites. Seven of the 16 cases registered in 2013 were related to harassment on social networking websites. In 2014, 10 of the 19 were related to posting of pornographic and explicit materials by creating fake Facebook accounts and other content on social networking websites.
It is believed the number of such cases would go up to nearly 200 a year once the cyber crime cases were registered at the police station level.
Shortage of Manpower
As per an official of the cyber police station at Cuttack, the department receives over 30 complaints relating to fake Facebook account, hacking of e-mails and SMS and online fraud on an average every month but are not able to take up all the cases due to shortage of manpower. As a result, the office registers only the important cases.
Cyber Police Station is a Pressing Need
According to DGP Sanjeev Marik, just like energy police stations, there’s a pressing need for setting up of cyber police stations in the state in view of the increasing cyber crimes in the state. He said the the state needs more cyber police stations to tackle the increasing trend of cyber crimes in the state.
As there has been a long-standing demand for setting up of cyber crime police station in Bhubaneswar, a cyber police station would be established here very soon to deal with cyber-related offences.
Chief secretary GC Pati assured that the state government would arrange more workshops and programmes to enhance skill of the police personnel who want to specialise in the cyber related investigation assignments.
What is Cyber Crime?
Cyber crimes are those crimes where use of computers coupled with the use of Internet is involved. Some of the commonly committed cyber crimes are electronic fraud, internet banking, hacking, morphing, phishing, cyber stalking, denial of service attack, virus dissemination, software piracy etc.
According to NextBigWhat, during the period December, 2011 to February, 2012 a total number of 112 Government websites were hacked. Similarly, the total number of internet frauds was 864 numbers involving Rs. 824.05 lakh, 2232 cases involving Rs 1234.94 lakh and 1798 cases involving Rs.787.39 lakh for the calendar year 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.
According to reports, a whopping 66 % of internet connected Indian adults have been victims of cyber crime in their lifetime.
Cyber Cell in Odisha
To enable people to lodge complaints online relating to cyber crimes, Odisha has setup the The Cyber Crime Police Station (CCPS) which is housed at the Cuttack headquarters of the Crime Branch (CID).
The CCPS is staffed with tech-savvy personnel with fair amount of expertise in electronic fraud, internet banking, hacking, morphing and phishing. The CCPS will have jurisdiction over the entire State and deal with cyber offences, which come under Information Technology Act, 2000.
How to File a Cyber Crime Complaint
Those who lodge an online complaint will receive an acknowledgement from the police station. In event an online complaint is lodged without a digital signature, the Complainant would have to send a certified complaint to the police station.
Here’s a detailed step-by-step method on how to file a cyber crime complaint.
Contact Info of Cyber-Cell in Odisha
CID, Crime Branch, Odisha
Ph: +91 94374 50370
Courtesy: Odisha Sun Times, Times of India, The Telegraph, Odisha Complaints