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Pradeep Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced that 11 Cyber and Economic Offence police stations will be set up in the State. 

Naveen said he is hopeful that these police stations will go a long way in curbing the increasing cases of Cyber crimes and delivering speedy justice to people.   

The Cyber and Economic Offence police stations will come up in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Keonjhar, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Angul, Koraput, Bhawanipatna, Mayurbhanj, Kandhamal and Puri.

With these, the number of such police station in the State will go up to 14. The existing Cyber Crime police stations are located in Sambalpur district headquarters, Rourkela in Sundargarh district and Berhampur in Ganjam district. 

As many as 154 posts have already been created for these 11 new police stations. These 154 posts include 14 Inspectors, 28 Sub-Inspectors, 28 ASIs (communication), 28 constables (communication) and 56 constables. 

They apart, 90 more experts like Finance and Accounts analysts, IT experts and Cyber Forensic experts will also be appointed at these police stations.

Later, after evaluating the performances of these 14 cyber and economic offence police stations, more such units may be considered for establishment in due course.

State DGP Abhay welcomed the announcement and thanked the Chief Minister on behalf of Odisha police. “These police stations will investigate into complicated cases of cyber crimes and economic offences. The existing cyber crime police stations will be upgraded as cyber and economic offence police stations.”

“The existing police stations in the areas where the cyber and economic offence police stations are being established will continue to register and investigate the cases pertaining to cyber and economic offences. These new police stations will investigate more complicated cases. Soon these new police stations will be made functional,” he added.    

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