Proposal to be sent to the Centre soon: Jaamdar
The Government is proposing to set up three new cyber crime police stations as per the guidelines of the Union Government. These new police stations will come up in Mangalore, Mysore, and Hubli-Dharwad.
Principal Secretary, Department of Home, S.M. Jaamdar, told presspersons here on Wednesday that these new cyber crime police stations were proposed to be set up out of the funds from the Union Government for expansion of facilities for combating cyber crime. “These three are the major cities that we have proposed for the first phase of expansion. If we get money we will set up such centres in Belgaum and Gulbarga,” he added.
Mr. Jaamdar said the Government had plans to open cyber crime police stations in corporation areas.
He said that the proposal for the three police stations would be sent to the Union Government within the next week. “We received guidelines from the Union Government 15 days ago. The Director-General of Police, Criminal Investigation Department, sent us the details (about the police stations). We will be sending it to the Union Government shortly,” he said. The cyber crime police station in Bangalore had sufficient manpower and it also had the services of the cyber laboratory. The station had registered 364 criminal cases, he said.
Mr. Jaamdar said that the Government had plans to expand and modernise the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), which was “overburdened”.
He said that the Government was spending about Rs. 3 crore this year for devices such as automatic fingerprint identification system and instruments related to graphology (handwriting analysis) and serology (study of blood serum and bodily fluids).
The FSL, he said, needed to improve in each of the fields such as toxicology, ballistics, handwriting and biology. “Forensic science laboratories can never be static. If they are, it is useless and we need to wind them up,” he said. Nearly Rs. 1,000 crore had been spent in equipping the laboratory in Bangalore, he added.
On the representations of Christians for the withdrawal of cases booked in connection with the church attacks in 2008, Mr. Jaamdar said that they would be processed after the Government forms a view about the report submitted by the Justice B.K. Somashekara Commission. “The report is being examined. The Law Department is looking into it. The Government has to first take a view on it. Then the representations will be processed,” he said.
He said the investigation of the blasts near the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (on April 17, 2010) was still on. “It requires inter-State cooperation… It is being dealt at the national level,” he said.