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Cyber crime the biggest challenge in U’khand: DGP

Cyber crime is one of the biggest challenges which is growing bigger. The Uttarakhand director general of police Ashok Kumar said this in a ‘meet the Press’ programme at the Press Club here on Wednesday.

The DGP said that as online activity of people increased especially during the Covid pandemic, the cyber criminals also became more active. The DGP said, “In a physical crime, the culprits leave some footprints whereas in a cyber crime, such footprints are few and ways of avoiding such footprints are used by cyber criminals. In addition to the establishment of a cyber forensic laboratory in Dehradun, we will also start cyber patrolling to prevent such crimes. Further, we have also decided that bank officials responsible will also be arrested in the future in case of fraudulent bank accounts opened by cyber criminals.”

Referring to steps planned for modernisation of the police, Kumar said that the state police will introduce an e-beat book, make post mortem reports online, increase the use of drones for various applications including fire fighting and also incorporate the use of helmets which provide live video feed. In order to increase the interaction between police and citizens, the police will devise a system wherein every police station holds one public interaction programme every three months. Expressing concern at the mushrooming of drug de-addiction centres, he said that there are about 250 such centres in the state. This and tackling drug abuse effectively is the reason why the demand for an anti-drug policy was recently approved by the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. On being asked about his views on the system of revenue police, the DGP said that he had recently toured Garhwal and in every district there, the public had sought establishment of regular police stations. He said that after discussion with the government on this issue, it had been decided that police stations will be opened gradually in revenue police areas where needed. Regarding the Kumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar, he said that the state police are prepared for three scenarios as far as crowds are concerned- full crowd, medium density and comparatively lower numbers. Press Club president Pradeep Guleria and general secretary Giridhar Sharma among others were also present.

Thursday, 04 February 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

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