Maharashtra: Court, trained cops to tackle cybercrime

  • Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2015 16:52 IST

An independent court to tackle cybercrimes, 1,000-strong trained police personnel, a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) unit headquartered in Mumbai— these are a few of the recommendations of a detailed roadmap on cybercrime policing that got a go ahead from chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday.

In a meeting held in the evening, Fadnavis cleared the comprehensive policy prepared by the police team, along with the CMO and IT department. This policy, sources said, will decide cybercrime policing for the next decade in the state.

HT had reported last week that the CM was looking at an overhaul of cybercrime policing.

Sadanand Date, joint commissioner of police, crime, along with officer on special duty with the CMO Kaustubh Dhavse, made the presentation before the CM.

According to the roadmap, 1,000 police personnel in Mumbai will be trained to tackle the increasing number of online cases and be a part of the independent cybercrime wing headed by a DCP.

A support cyber training cell will be established to provide training in law, fraud prevention, security techniques and forensics. Public prosecutors and judges will also undergo similar training to improve the conviction rate. A separate court will be set up in the next phase.

“There are thousands of cybercrime cases being reported, but our conviction rate is very poor. We have proposed amendment to the Information Technology Act to allow police sub-inspectors to handle these cases, as opposed to just police inspectors,” said a senior official present at the meeting.

He added, “We will conduct training in cyber analytics tool, which can help track people on the basis of one tweet, and is now required to identify mischief makers and cyber terrorists.”

An emergency repose unit has been proposed in Mumbai to tackle emergencies in the virtual world. The cybercrime police will be well equipped to tackle all online crimes. Similar cells will be set up and strengthened in Pune, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur and Thane.

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