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Cyber labs to be launched in 34 districts on August 15

Cyber crime cases in the state has witnessed a steep rise of more than 140% in the past two years and the state has recorded most cyber cases in the country. 

mumbai Updated: Aug 12, 2016 15:16 IST
Surendra P Gangan
About 604 cyber crimes were registered in 2014, while 912 cases were registered in 2015. The money lost in these crimes runs into several crores and the money recovered is less than 20 percent (Picture for representational purpose only )
About 604 cyber crimes were registered in 2014, while 912 cases were registered in 2015. The money lost in these crimes runs into several crores and the money recovered is less than 20 percent (Picture for representational purpose only )


The state government is all set to launch cyber laboratories in 34 districts and nine cities with the commissionerate on August 15. This will help the state police detect various crimes faster and increase conviction rate. 


The first phase of the Rs900-crore project will be launched by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at Mumbai, while the guardian ministers of the respective districts will launch the other labs after the flag-hoisting ceremonies. The district-level cyber laboratories, which have been set up at the cost of Rs25 lakh each in the initial stage, will now help the police procure forensic evidences at the local level. At present, the state has laboratories in Mumbai and Pune. 


“The laboratories will have state-of-the-art technology at par with the laboratories in Hyderabad and Chandigarh, which are assumed to be best in the country. Today, we have to depend on the Mumbai and Pune laboratories for forensic reports, which take months. The district laboratories will help the police in getting reports within hours. This will help them in detecting the cases of theft, robbery and almost all women-related crime cases effectively,” said an officer from the home department. 


Cyber crime cases in the state has witnessed a steep rise of more than 140% in the past two years and the state has recorded most cyber cases in the country. 


“We have engaged C-DAC for setting up the laboratories and imparting training to the personnel. The laboratories are equipped with the best technology and the later phases will witness introduction of the need based technologies,” said Brijesh Singh, inspector general of police (Cyber). He said that the district-wise laboratories will help the police reduce time taken for investigation collecting irrefutable evidences, making the cases stronger and improve the conviction rate. 


“Now, almost all crime cases involves mobile phones and social media. The cyber laboratories will help the police force to monitor and scrutinise the data in mobile phones and the numbers used by the accused and detect the crime without losing crucial time,” another officer said on the condition of anonymity. 


The modernisation has also plans of setting up Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to ensure the cyber security of the critical infrastructure. “Once set up, the CERT will monitor cyber threats to vital installations, social media posts which can pose a threat to social peace, and issue the regular advisory to the financial institutions. Currently, we have only one such team operating under the central government. Maharashtra will be the first state to set up its own CERT,” said the officer.