Haryana police recently trained 345 officers from the state crime branch to help them combat the growing problem of cybercrime.
After noticing the difficulties victims of cybercrime encountered in submitting their concerns, cyber desks were established in 309 police stations in October 2021. Sources said that efforts are being undertaken to provide all 361 of the state’s police stations with cyber desks.
While emphasising the importance of swiftly reporting such frauds to the authorities, Haryana Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) (crime), OP Singh, stated: “If you are an internet user, do take time out to learn about ‘1930.’ The union home ministry operates a toll-free cyber crime helpline through the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP).”
“The NCRP provides an integrated platform where all players such as law enforcement agencies, banks, financial intermediaries, and payment wallets work together to restrict the flow of money from victims’ accounts to criminals’ accounts,” he said.
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“All calls placed on the helpline from Haryana are received on five telephone lines at the cyber police station in Panchkula,” OP Singh explained. Officers responding to these calls take three steps: collect all relevant information from the caller, notify financial intermediaries via the NCRP portal to stop the flow of defrauded funds, and finally send the complaint to the jurisdiction police station to register a FIR and conduct a criminal investigation.”
“The quicker the crime is reported, the better the chances of recovering the money and apprehending the criminal,” the ADGP noted.
The state crime section also possesses a cutting-edge cyber forensic laboratory to provide technical help to cybercrime investigators.
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Since October 20, 2021, all stations have registered 214 cybercrime cases, arrested 35 offenders, and recovered Rs 42.2 lakhs in online fraud.
Haryana police commemorate Cyber Crime Awareness Day on the first Wednesday of each month. On this day, field units organise engagement activities to educate people about the current tactics used by cyber-thugs and the safeguards they must take to avoid becoming victims.
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