With a multifold rise in cases of cybercrime, the police have approached the state government again with their old plan to start four cyber cells in the city, so they could tackle the cases better.
According to sources, the new proposal has specifics of cybercrime, strength and funds needed, while the older proposal was brief. The new cells are likely to come up in four of the five regions -- south, central, east, west and north.
“Each cell will be in a different region, so people do not have to travel too much and can easily file their complaints,” a senior IPS officer said.
Additional commissioner of police (Crime) KMM Prasanna confirmed they had written to the state government requesting for four cyber labs.
The officer said according to the proposal sent to the state government, each cyber cell will have one senior police inspector, five police inspectors, 10 assistant police inspectors and 30 constables. The proposal also includes the rough expenditure for each cell and the infrastructure they would need.
HT, in its November 11, 2015 edition, had reported about the rise in cybercrimes. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had asked the police to begin the process of setting up new cells, but the clearance is yet to come. Officials said they were hopeful a detailed proposal would be cleared in a few months.
Currently, there is one cybercrime police station under the Mumbai crime branch at Bandra-Kurla complex, and a cyber cell with the economic offences wing (EOW) at south Mumbai. The new deputy commissioner of police for cybercrime M Raj Kumar has taken charge.