Cyber victims get back Rs 54 lakh, thanks to C3

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jun 2018 08:17:49


By Dheeraj Fartode,

In a year of operation, Cyber Complaints Cell of Nagpur City Police have solved 1,154 complaints of citizens



Thanks to efforts of Cyber Complaints Cell (C3) of Nagpur City Police, citizens could get back Rs. 54 lakh that was siphoned off by tricksters. As C3 completes one year of operation, looking back it find some solace that it could provide succor to citizens who had lost their money. During one year course C3 solved 1,154 and the money was got back by 192 victims.

According to the Official statistics of C3, a total of 1,441 cheating cases was registered at C3 and of it 751 could be solved. In social media related offences, the C3 did a fantastic job and solved 264 out of 340 cases registered in city. A total of 35 cases of hacking was lodged at C3 in a year and the Cyber police have so far solved 19 cases.

In cases of missing mobiles, the cyber unit record is not that impressive and it needs to sharpen the skills set. Only 82 missing/stolen mobile phones were traced out of 970 missing/stolen mobile phone complaints registered with police.

The C3 was conceptualised by Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr. K. Venkatesham after noticing increasing number of cyber cases and corresponding low detection rate.

CP Dr. Venkatesham told ‘The Hitavada’ that some of the ‘cases could not been solved as it was complex in nature. These cases need to be tackled with special cyber investigation skills. We are trying to increase level of investigation skills of our officers as C3 takes baby steps and steps into second year of operation. A knowledge sharing initiative in which officers of cyber cells of all the police units would sit together and share knowledge on investigation of complex cases was recently organised in Nagpur about three months back. Such meetings help the staff in learning new pattern and discuss strategies and we plans to hold more of such meets across the State, he stated.

The Police Commissioner also stated that response of ‘some’ social networking service companies were very pathetic as they operated at their own leisure which is killing for police, particularly in social media offences. Nagpur police have take up the issue with state authority so that necessary SoP would be put in place as in such cases time is most important factor. We have also discussed among top city police officials about increasing the strength s in C3 or designate one officer at Police Station level to receive cyber complaints from citizens and forward the same to C3. Since police station is the first available unit we believe the time wasted in reaching C3 would be curtailed and help us to speed-up the response from our side, Dr Venkatesham stated.