Maharashtra is converting 42 state-of-the-art cyber crime labs into cyber police stations, as part of the BJP-led government’s strategy to take on cyber criminals. “Maharashtra is the first state in the country which will have a cyber police station in each district simultaneously,” a top Home Department official said. Cyber crime in Maharashtra has risen by a whopping 142.1 per cent in the last few years, the official said.
These cyber police stations will also be set up at police commissionerate and Range IG offices. The Devendra Fadnavis-led government, which completed two years recently, will soon issue a notification in this regard, the senior IPS official said.
Fadnavis had inaugurated 34 well equipped cyber labs in all districts, on the Independence Day this year. The state government’s cyber crime wing is setting up 51 cyber crime labs in Maharashtra. These include the 34 labs at the district level, seven at Inspector General’s offices, nine at Commissioner of Police offices and one lab at the state police headquarters, the official said.
Maharashtra is facing increased cyber crime cases in tier-II cities and also in rural areas, the official said. Many such cases remain pending for investigation and the new initiative will take care of this shortcoming, he said.