The state government has planned to have a cyber forensic laboratory in each divisional headquarters to check cyber crime cases. At present, there are only two such labs in the state - Lucknow and Agra.
Once the new plan is implemented, Meerut, along with the other 17 divisional headquarters, will get a lab. This will be a boon for the police in Noida and Greater Noida, which have for long been taking help of the labs in Agra and Lucknow. These two labs are already understaffed.
A makeshift cyber crime cell has been formed in Noida. A full-fledged cyber crime police station has also been proposed. But these cannot serve the purpose of a lab.
The Noida police only have a computer and a voice logger. The new team has had success, but because of the presence hundreds of IT companies and technical institutions where the internet is a major tool for financial transactions and exchange of information, a full-fledged lab in the vicinity is long overdue.
To come up under the Uttar Pradesh police technical services, these labs will analyse forensic evidence and provide technical expertise in investigation. First the plan to have a dedicated lab will be executed in zones followed by divisions. Uttar Pradesh has eight zones and 18 divisional headquarters.
"In case of threat or obscene e-mails, the police need to track the internet protocol address. A forensic duplicator tracks the hard disk used and copies the data. But you need a laboratory to analyse the evidence and prove the charges,"said a police officer.