June 3, 2009
Mumbai (PTI): A dedicated police station to tackle cyber crime cases has
been set up in the metropolis, third such facility in the country to
deal with new-age offences.
The Cyber Crime police station, the first-of-its-kind in Maharashtra,
started functioning since May 30 in Bandra-Kurla Complex at suburban
Such specialised police stations are already operating in Bangalore and
Hyderabad, two top IT hubs of the country.
"The dedicated police station will now register FIR on its own and
investigate the offences pertaining to virtual world. The police station
will take care of all cyber cases in the city including that of terror
e-mails," Additional Police Commissioner (Crime) Deven Bharti said.
The existing Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the city police probes
cyber offences, but the FIRs are registered in local police stations
depending on the site of the crime.
A specially trained team of over 25 policemen, headed by an Assistant
Commissioner of Police (ACP), has been selected for the new job.
The facility will function under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner
of Police (Preventive) and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).
"The city is divided into five regions - East, West, North, South and
Central, which will be monitored by an equal number of senior
Inspectors. The staff at the new police station has been specially
trained for the job and their skills will be upgraded from time to
time," an officer said.
The number of cyber cases rose from 142 in 2005 to 775 cases in 2008.
A total of 159 and 344 cyber crime cases were registered in 2006 and
Of the total 775 cases registered in 2008, maximum, 164, were related to
fake profiling, defamation and sending obscene content, while the
lowest, two, pertained to a matrimonial website.
So far this year, police have received over 155 complaints of cyber
Among various cyber crimes, a significant number of people fell prey to
a Nigerian letter scam in which the receivers are made to believe that
they have inherited property worth crores in the African nation.
Credit card frauds, sending vulgar contents, identity theft, hacking and
lottery scams are among other fraudulent practices in which netizens are
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