The state government has planned to tighten noose around Cyber Cafes to control rising cyber crimes in the state. These cafes would have to maintain proper record of the visitors and keep vigil on them.
According to Home department sources the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has formulated rules on the pattern of Gujarat to regulate these cafes in the state. “They would have to be transparent in providing services”, sources said.
The proposal for establishment of cyber cell and other infrastructure has been pending in the government for the last one year. The UP government has copied the cyber cell model on Gujarat-Karnataka pattern. The cell is being set up under Information and Technology Act.
The EOW in its proposal to the government said Gujarat pattern could prove effective in controlling cyber cafes in the state. The cell, under the control of additional director general (EOW), would have nearly 30 officers including one SP and four deputy SPs. Under the IT Act the officer not less than DSP rank could investigate the cyber crime cases. The SP EOW Lucknow would be incharge of the cyber police station.
Under the plan one police station under a DSP in Lucknow would be notified that would register all cyber crime cases in the state, sources said. While the Police Technical Services would provide laboratory facilities the EOW would investigate the cases. The establishment of the unit would cost around Rs 40 lakh. The state government would frame rule on the pattern of Gujarat for cafes.
“Instead of appointing computer experts moves are afoot to hire services at the police station”, sources said. The Home department has already processed the proposal and it is awaiting the approval of the State Cabinet. The misuse of cyber cafés had assumed serious dimension in the state, said the sources and added there was urgent need to stop their misuse. At present the state doesn’t have infrastructure for cyber crime control and the cases are being registered at civil police stations.