Already under criticism for being unable to contain heinous crime like murders in the city, Ludhiana police are now in a dither over the sharp rise in the cases of cyber crime in the recent past.
Reflecting police's lack of skill and technique to nab the accused in such cases, nearly four cases of cyber crime have been registered in the past one month and are lying unsolved.
However, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) (City 2) Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, who is also spokesperson of Ludhiana police commissionerate, claimed the police were equipped with skills and instruments to trace cyber crime.
"Though with increase in use of internet and gadgets like tablets and smart phones, the misuse of technology has also risen, the police have traced several cases of cyber crime in the past few days," Sidhu claimed.
The Division Number 8 had on June 1 registered a case against two persons, including a woman, for trying to sell the data that they had allegedly stolen from a firm, where they were previously employed.
The case was registered after a long inquiry. In his complaint, Anup Gupta, owner of Cyber 95.com Company, had alleged that Arun Gautam of New Guru Nanak Nagar, and Dilpreet Kaur were former employees of his firm that dealt with website and software development.
He alleged that the duo had stolen data from his firm before leaving the company, adding that they later established their own firm and tried to sell the data stolen from his firm at a lower price.
The Division Number 8 police had registered a case under sections 420, 511 and 120-B of the IPC and 66-B of the Information Technology Act. However, they are yet to arrest the accused.
This was the fourth such case in the past one month.
In the last week of May, the Division Number 4 police had registered a case against an unidentified accused for allegedly sending derogatory e-mails to various government schools by making a fake account in the name of coordinator of district education department. Police are yet to identify the accused.
Similarly, on May 29, the Jamalpur police had registered a case under sections 66-A, 67-A of the IT Act and 506 of the IPC against Rajiv Kumar, a resident of Mohalla Mahatma Colony on Tibba road.
The complainant, Barinder Pal Singh, had filed a complaint that the accused had uploaded morphed pictures of his wife on Facebook. Police are clueless about Kumar's whereabouts as well.
Earlier, in the last week of April, the Jamalpur police had booked and arrested a 23-year-old for uploading lewd MMS of a girl on a social networking site. The accused was blackmailing the woman and was demanding Rs 20 lakh from her.