The recent involvement of the local police in cracking cyber crimes that are committed in areas under their jurisdiction has, to an extent, reduced the workload of the cyber crime branch.
The cyber wing of the Mumbai police comprises the cyber police station at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) – for crimes in the suburbs - and the cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) at the commissioner’s office located near Crawford market for offences in south Mumbai.
An officer from the cell requesting anonymity, said, “It is definitely helpful if the local police can solve certain cases. However, we also have to investigate the matter. If the local police manage to solve a crime before us, it is a bonus. However, if the crime is not solved, it will show against our records.”
The officer pointed out that the local police investigations into cyber crimes have certain limitations. “In case it is a crime spread across different countries, the local police is usually clueless.”
In several cases, the local police and the cyber wing work in tandem. “There have been occasions when an officer is confused about aspects of a case. We explain technical nuances that will help them investigate the case better. At the end of the day, our priority is to book criminals,” said Nandkishore More, senior inspector of BKC cyber police station.