Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said the state government was in the process of strengthening the social media labs of the Mumbai police across Maharashtra.
Hindustan Times had reported on the increase in cybercrimes and the immediate need to upgrade the facilities.
HT had also reported on the shortage of staff at the forensic laboratories across the state. The CM assured that the forensic labs will be upgraded too.
The CM was speaking after meeting the top police officials of the state in the DGP office at Colaba. He said he was aware of the large number of cases pending in the forensic labs, because the labs need upgradation.
Addressing the issue of cybercrimes, Fadnavis said many cases were as old as three years and were not detected. "This needs to change," he said.
Fadnavis said social media was being misused by some people and the cops had set up labs to keep an eye on such miscreants. "However we need to equip the labs and also need to quick and prompt action on those who misuse social media and create tensions," he said.
In the recent times there have been cases when objectionable posts on social media have led to unrest in parts of the state.
Fadnavis also said Maharashtra police needed to improve the investigation levels and the rate of conviction. He said that the priority of the police force is to tackle crimes against women and children. "We also need to concentrate on issue like terrorism and radicalization of youth," he added.
The CM said he met the top officials not just to put forward his views but also to take into account their problems and suggestions. He said he wanted to know their expectations from the newly formed BJP government.
He said that police officials these days were not shying away from tough postings like in Maoist affected areas but admitted that the government needed to change their mindset.
On one such issue, he candidly agreed that superintendent of police (SP) who head the district police force needed to be given more power.