Odisha Police Thrust on Cyber Crime

Published: 01st December 2015 07:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st December 2015 07:04 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: To keep a tab on rising internet-based offences, the State Police has proposed three new cyber crime police stations which will soon be set up at different locations in Odisha, DGP KB Singh said on Monday.

Addressing a workshop on ‘Evolving Strategies for Prevention of Cyber Fraud’, Singh said investigating cyber crimes needs technology intervention. So, officers from each police station will be selected and trained to deal with such cases.

A specialised training module with IT and legal experts as faculties will be started soon at Biju Patnaik State Police Academy to groom these officers, he said.

Addressing the session, EOW IG Arun Bothra said banks and financial institutions need to proactively participate to prevent cyber crimes.

Around 10-15 cases are reported at the only cyber crime police station at Cuttack daily. In the last nine months, 900 cases have been reported in the State, which points to an alarming trend, he said. As many as 2.2 crore account holders of a total 58 crore in the country use mobile banking, thereby making them vulnerable to cyber crimes.

“Lack of sensitivity among online users, inadequate training of police officials and anonymity of the offender are major reasons for a surge in Internet-based crimes,” Bothra said.

The EOW IG urged bankers to appoint a nodal officer in each district. This would make communication between police and bank in the wake of a cyber crime hassle-free. Among others, Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma, bank officials and cyber security experts also spoke.


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