Cybercriminals have Mumbai in grip, 933 cases registered last year

  • Rahul Mahajani, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2016 00:48 IST

Cybercrime has been on the rise in the state, and for two consecutive years, Mumbai has registered the most number of cybercrime cases. This was revealed in a report released by the state criminal investigation department (CID) in January.

Mumbai registered 933 cases in 2015 followed by Thane [170], Aurangabad [128], Pune [123] and Nagpur [97]. The year before, Mumbai recorded 608 cybercrime cases followed by Pune [140], Thane [132], Navi Mumbai [83] and Aurangabad [66].

The city police have been quick to tackle the rising numbers. Four new cyber cells are being formed in the city, apart from the cyber police station. An officer of the rank of deputy commissioner of police has been assigned to deal with cybercrime cases.

The state government has created the post of inspector general of police (IGP - cyber) and Brijesh Singh has been appointed as the first officer to tackle cybercrimes.

Singh said those the numbers are rising, the police are aware that registration of cybercrime cases was still acutely.

“We need to upgrade our abilities both in terms of manpower and infrastructure to improve investigations of cybercrimes so that the common man and corporates develop the confidence to approach us,” he added.

Singh further said that the state government will set up state-of-the-art cybercrime laboratories in every district. Advanced labs will be set up at the range and commissionerate level, while the district labs will have extraction capabilities, he said, adding that the main lab will be with the apex body.

According to the police, officers are being trained to deal tackle the rising menace. The Maharashtra Police Academy (MPA) in Nashik, which trains police sub inspectors (PSI) and deputy superintendents of police (DySP), has introduced cybercrime investigations in its curriculum.

Former IPS officer-turned-lawyer YP Singh said that the bulk of the cases that are reported pertain to abuse, threat and creating fake accounts, which are common.

The state, however, does not have the machinery to tackle professional cybercrimes such as hacking, fraudulent withdrawal of money, he added.

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