Pune city finally gets cyber police station

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 17 October 2018

“As assured to the people, we are starting the cyber police station and citizens can any time lodge a case there. The new police station has all necessary amenities and is in the heart of the city and accessible to people,” added Venkatesham.

Pune: After years of waiting, Pune city finally got its cyber police station after the same was launched by Police Commissioner K Venkatesham on Wednesday. The cyber police station was planned to be started by senior police officer Meeran Borwankar but due to several reasons it was in limbo.

Speaking at a press conference, City Police Commissioner K Venkatesham said that given the rise in the number of cybercrime cases, a cyber police station was much needed. 

“As assured to the people, we are starting the cyber police station and citizens can any time lodge a case there. The new police station has all necessary amenities and is in the heart of the city and accessible to people,” added Venkatesham.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Jyoti Priya Singh will be heading the department. The cybercrime cell received 5,741 complaints in the year 2017, more than double the number received in 2016, which was 2,079. In 2015, the cybercrime cell received 550 complaints. 

Pune police have increased the strength of the department from 15 to 35 police officials. The police station will have 15 police officials including four police inspectors and 20 policemen. 

Speaking at the launch, DCP Jyoti Priya Singh said for victims of banking fraud with amount less than Rs 1 lakh the victim should wait and let the bank investigate the case at their end first. 

“After 90 days if the bank finds there is no issue at their end the victims can proceed with lodging a case,” added Singh.

Speaking on cases of defamatory URLs DCP Singh said they are in frequent communication with social media sites so the defamatory URL is removed from the web immediately and thereby cause less damage to the victim.

Commissioner of Police K Venkatesham said the recent Cosmos Bank cyberfraud case is under investigation and the recovery in the case is very low. He said they have seized several properties of DSK and the police are in process of taking the legal route so that recovery in the case is high and people get their money back. 

The contact number of cyber police station is 020-29710097 and it is located at Shivajinagar police headquarters. 

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