SHILLONG, July 12 - With the increase in cyber crime cases, Meghalaya has established a Cyber Assistance Cell where victims can lodge their complaints and seek redressal.
Director General of Police SK Jain, announcing the establishment of the cell, said it would be activated on July 14. �The Cyber Assistance Cell would be activated day after tomorrow,� Jain said here today.
The cell has been set up at the Cyber Crime Wing, Criminal Investigation Department. The nature of crime that the cell would look into includes �obscene calls and SMS on mobile phone, online pornography, cyber stalking, abuse in cyber space, online defamation, especially on social media and harassment via emails.�
Victims can register their complaints through the helpline number +913642504001, mobile number +919615191002 and email ID [email protected] from 10 am to 6 pm.
Jain said that over the years cyber crime has increased and the police therefore set up the cell to look into the cases separately. �We would try to resolve the issues formally and informally.�
If the �minor crimes� can be resolved through mediation, no complaint would be registered and the identity of the complainant would be kept confidential. However, in cases of crimes of serious nature a complaint would be lodged at the concerned police station or at the Cyber Crime Police Station under appropriate Sections of cyber crime laws.
Acknowledging the challenges ahead, Jain said, the �cyber crime domain is dynamic� and therefore the personnel manning the cell would be going continuous training and skill upgrades. �24 personnel have been trained by various security agencies throughout the country. It is a challenging job to deal with cyber crime, but we would continuously keep on learning with time,� the DGP said.
Meanwhile, on the issue of black SIM cards, through which most of the crimes are committed, Jain said, the police are constantly trying to confiscate such SIMs with the assistance of telephone companies.
He further said strict guidelines have been laid for issuing of SIM cards, which the telephone companies have been ordered to strictly adhere to.