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Cyber Criminals Dupe Father Of IPS Officer Who Busted Cyber Gangs In Jamtara, Rs 5.9 Lakh Siphoned

RANCHI: Dr. NR Roy of Sahebganj, whose daughter, IPS officer Jaya Roy, is considered a cybercriminal’s nemesis, lost his bank savings after unknown cybercriminals withdrew Rs 5.90 lakh cash from his bank account on Tuesday.

According to media reports, Roy, the SP of Jamtara district, had won awards for controlling and combating cybercrime but her father became the victim of cybercriminals. It has become increasingly important to stay aware and alert against such criminals. They look for a small physiological loophole and exploit it.

The IPS officer, who is currently assigned to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), did not respond to a media query regarding her father falling prey to cybercriminals. An FIR was filed on Tuesday at the Town police station in the Sahibganj district.

According to the police, the victim had an account at the SBI’s main branch in Sahebganj, and his mobile number was linked to his bank account.

On Tuesday, the victim received notification that his mobile number’s service would be disconnected and that he would need to follow certain procedures to avoid disconnection.

The victim received a phone call from cybercriminals posing as a telecom executive, who persuaded him to share the one-time password. Criminals stole money from his bank account the moment he shared his password. He rushed to the bank branch, where he was advised to file an FIR.

Anuranjan Kispotta, the SP of Sahibganj, has directed the SDPO to investigate the case as soon as possible and arrest the accused.

“A special investigation team has been formed to look into the case. This appears to be the work of a Jamtara-based cybercriminal. The cyber police are also working on this case,” said a Sahibganj police station official.

According to a cyber department official, the cash was transferred using the Paytm wallet.

Roy had previously worked as Ranchi SP (City). She was the Special Police Officer (Cyber) when Jharkhand’s first cyber police station opened in Ranchi, at a time when cybercrime had emerged as a major challenge for law enforcement agencies. Karmatand and Narainpur, two Jamtara district localities, had earned a reputation for being the epicentres of most cybercrime.

As a cyber-SP, she investigated several cases of cyber fraud and apprehended several cyber criminals.

In December 2016, she was transferred to Jamtara with the sole purpose of combating cybercrime, and her tenure was notable because she arrested and convicted a large number of cybercriminals. She conducted an in-depth investigation into the pattern of crime, technology, and tricks used by criminals, as well as training cops and officials to investigate cyber cases.

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