Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: From hacking air traffic systems to stealing data from cellphones, there has been a significant rise in the number of cyber crimes posing a serious challenge for the Odisha Police. During the 61st Senior Police Officers' Conference in Bhubaneswar today, several sessions were organised to discuss and prepare strategies to tackle the challenges posed by cyber crime.

Odisha Police DGP Rajendra Prasad Sharma said, "The extent of crime in the cyber space is an eye opener. We are already building capacity to tackle the menace. "

"We are focussing on tackling cyber warfare and attacks on critical information infrastructure. They have happened abroad and there is no reason that they may not happen in India. We are upgrading the systems to keep pace with the fast changing world of cyber crime," said Goa DGP, Muktesh Chandra, who was at the conference.

Chandra also advised to lay stress on the data safety.

Discussions were also held on how to stop the spread of inflammatory message on social media. In 2016, as many as 12,000 cyber crime cases were registered across the country.

“Blindly forwarding messages while knowing that they are wrong; is an offence. Citizens need to act responsibly while forwarding such messages,” Additional DCP of Maharashtra Police, Pratik B Deshpande said.

Apart from cyber crime, discussions were held on how to curb road accidents across Odisha. In 2018, as many as 5,200 people lost their lives in road accidents in the State.

"Road safety is an important issue and we are developing a monitoring cell in Odisha," the Odisha DGP added.