UT Cyber Cell short-staffed

The Cyber Crime Cell of the UT Police,which has become the most important department of the UT Police in breaking many major cases in the past few years is facing trouble in handling the workload.

Written by JAPJEET DUGGAL | Chandigarh | Published: April 1, 2013 2:25:42 am

The Cyber Crime Cell of the UT Police,which has become the most important department of the UT Police in breaking many major cases in the past few years is facing trouble in handling the workload.

Despite the fact that each and every department depends on the Cyber Crime Cell for assistance,there are only 6 persons who are handling the entire cell.

These include two inspectors,two Sub-Inspectors and two computer operators. Due to this reason,there are 146 complaints with the Cyber Crime Cell in which the inquiry is pending and 36 cases are under investigation for the last six months.

Sources in the Cyber Cell said,“We receive,on an average,10 complaints related to cyber fraud in a day. In addition to this,in many cases the SDPOs (Sub-Divisional Police Officers) also seek our assistance during investigation. It has become difficult for the Cyber Cell staff to investigate all the cases”.

“There are only two inspectors in the Cyber Crime Cell who are the competent authority to carry out investigations in any case. It is not possible for only two inspectors to handle all the inquiries with an equal amount of attention,” said a senior police official.

When contacted,the Inspector General of Police (IGP) R P Upadhyaya said,“We have realised that there is a need to strengthen the Cyber Crime Cell of Chandigarh Police. We are planning to depute more police officials so that the pendency of cases can be met”.

There are nearly 150 complaints which await inquiry by the Cyber Crime Cell. These complaints include complaints related to job scams,lottery scams,missing mobile phones,impersonation on social networking websites like Facebook,ATM frauds and other such related crimes.

Out of these,90 complaints pertain to ATM frauds including ATM card cloning and misuse of stolen/ lost cards. The Cyber Crime Cell has registered only seven cases out of these 90 complaints.

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