Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister of Maharashtra, in the Council on Thursday, March 12, said that the state would be setting up a state of the art cybercrime lab in Navi Mumbai. Establishing a world-class cybercrime lab is a project worth Rs 900 crore.
Deshmukh, in a response to a Congress party member, Anant Gadgil said that around 3,511 cybercrimes were registered in the State of Maharashtra in the year 2018 and 4,822 in 2019. A total number of 16,512 cases have been registered in the past five years and 4,530 of the total have been cracked as of yet.
About the online harassment of women he said, there are 867 cases of online harassment of women in 2018 and in 2019 the number dipped to 799. Around 550 police officers are looking after the cases at 43 cyber police stations, and there is an independent cyber police station at BKC.
Deshmukh also mentioned about Jamtara, a town in Jharkhand popularly known for bank frauds, and said, “Banks should be vigilant about cybercrime and have their own systems in place.”
Also, replying to another Congress party member, Ramhari Rupanvar, the Home Minister said that within a period 6 months, CCTV cameras will be installed in every jail in the state to avoid the unlawful supply of items from outside to prison inmates. Moreover, measures such as frisking of visitors, patrolling and Inspections of vehicles entering the prison complex are already in place.