Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, January 19
Cyber crime cases will now be investigated on a fast track mode in the city. For this purpose, the Ludhiana Commissionerate Police will acquire advanced technical tools and the cops posted in the cyber cell will be imparted special training on a priority basis.
Sharing the new focus area with The Tribune here today, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Rakesh Agrawal, said the decision was taken keeping in view the increase in the cyber crime cases recorded in the area during the recent past.
OTHER PRIORITY AREAS
- Crime against women
- Drugs, liquor smuggling, gambling
On an average, a cyber crime case was reported in the Ludhiana Commissionerate daily. Official figures revealed that as many as 3,280 complaints pertaining to cyber crime were reported here during the past year, of which 1,540 complaints were disposed of with mutual agreement between the parties, while 30 FIRs were registered. In this way, a sum of Rs11 lakh duped from gullible complainants was recovered by contacting the bank branches concerned on time.
Besides, an inter-state gang of cyber criminals was busted here last month, leading to the recovery of Rs5.45 lakh, 11 mobile phones, eight laptops, a printer, a scanner, three credit cards, 17 SIM cards, six memory cards, 45 PAN cards and 11 ATM cards.
“This year, we will provide timely and useful assistance to residents through new advanced technical tools and specially trained cyber cell staff,” said the Ludhiana police chief.
He said a sustained campaign would also be launched soon to create awareness among the public at large about the latest modus operandi used by the cyber criminals and the preventive measures that could be taken to avert the losses. “This will be done through various social media platforms and holding of webinars and seminars,” Agrawal added.
Presently, the cyber crime cell of the Ludhiana Commissionerate Police was manned by three PPS officers – Simratpal Dhindsa, DCP, Rupinder Kaur, ADCP and Vaibhav Sehgal, ACP, while the CP himself monitors its functioning on a daily basis.
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