Bhubaneswar: The state crime branch will be conducting a two-day training programme on cyber crime investigation on Tuesday and Wednesday in Cuttack with an aim to check the increasing number of cyber crime cases.
According to police statistics, the number of cases registered under the Information Technology Act by October this year stood at 669 as against 378 cases in 2016.
The police said about 90 policemen in the rank of inspectors and sub inspectors will take part in the training programme.
Experts from Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Calcutta, International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar, and State Forensic Laboratory will impart training regarding collection of electronic evidence in scientific manner and basic knowledge on investigation of various forms of cyber crimes.
The police said cyber crime cases such as cyber stalking, online fraud, cyber defamation and circulation of pornographic videos featuring girls have become rampant in the state.
In March, pictures of about 60 girl students of Ramadevi Women’s University were shared in a Facebook page with suggestive captions.
The incident had led to demonstration by the varsity students forcing the state government to order into a crime branch probe.
At present, the state has one cyber police station functioning from the crime branch office in Cuttack since 2006. However, the sole police station having all Odisha jurisdiction, registered only 28 cases till October this year.
“The state government has sanctioned three cyber police stations at Rourkela, Berhampur and Sambalpur which are yet to be start functioning. Similarly the state police have proposed three more cyber police stations at Bhubaneswar, balasore and Jeypore in Koraput,” said additional director general of police (crime branch) Santosh Kumar Upadhyay.
The police admitted that cyber crime has indeed emerged as a concern for them.
“To overcome the problem a cyber forensic laboratory for examination of evidences related to cyber crimes will start functioning shortly,” said a police official.
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