Three more cyber police stations in Odisha soon

Bhubaneswar: Amid rising cases of cyber crime in Odisha, DGP RP Sharma today said three more cyber police stations will come up soon in the State. The upcoming cyber police stations are to be set up in Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Jeypore to deal exclusively with IT offences.

The strength of cyber crime unit in the State will also see a big spike, Sharma informed at a three-day training programme organised here by the CID-Crime Branch and Unicef in Bhubaneswar.

The cases of cyber crime are on the ascent in Odisha since last few years. As many as 241 such cases were reported during the first three months of 2019. Last year the State had recorded around 867 cases. In contrast, State police had registered mere 120 cases in 2013, he informed the training session.

A total of 46 arrests were made for violation of cyber Act during the first quarter of 2019, last year the figure was 256, he added.

“The State Police have sent a proposal to the State government for setting up of cyber police stations in Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Koraput. The government is considering the proposal,” Sharma disclosed.

Speaking on the training session, ADG Crime SK Upadhyay said the training programme is undertaken to enable the Inspector and Sub-Inspector rank officers to crack the cyber Act violation cases with prosecutable evidence. A total of 200 investigating officers are undergoing training at the workshop, he added.

The State currently has four cyber police stations that are functional at Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur, respectively.