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Noida to get a cyber police station

Noida to get a cyber police station
A dedicated cyber police station is on the anvil for Noida, the first of its kind in Delhi and NCR, to contain increasing cyber crime in the city. The police station would be headed by an officer of Deputy Superintendent rank and investigative officers would not be below the rank of inspectors.

'We will provide required infrastructure and fund for the project and the proposal has already been sent to the government. We need such a police station as there are many IT and ITES industries,' said Sanjeev Saran, Chief Executive Officer of Noida. The authority, which funds infrastructure to city police, has already earmarked space in Ganga Shopping Complex in Sector 29, Noida. An initial estimate of Rs 2 crores for the setup has also been sent to the government for approval.

The cyber police station would be equipped with a computer lab and forensic lab. As per the proposal, the police station would take up the cases of cyber crime from the entire NCR districts of Uttar Pradesh. Triveni Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police in Noida, who is heading the cyber cell of Noida police is likely to head the proposed cyber police station. He is considered an expert in cyber crime and is pursuing Ph D in cyber crime.

'Every second crime in the city is technically connected with IT Act, which deals with cyber crime but due to lack of resources we have to register it under IPC. The crime related to credit or debit card fraud, computer hacking, Facebook hacking and posting obscene photos or messages come under this category,' said Praveen Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Noida. Many cases of cyber crime either go unreported or registered under ordinary acts of Indian Penal Code in Noida.

Because of the lack of adequate infrastructure and trained police personnel, such cases are gathering dust in police stations.

In India, cyber police stations already exist in cities such as Bengaluru (established in 2001), Thirunantharapuram (in 2004) and Kolkata (in 2010).
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