Kodiyeri refutes Acharya's charges

He had accused Kerala Police of not extending support to arrest Maudany

Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has refuted the allegations levelled by his Karnataka counterpart V.S. Acharya that the Kerala Police had not been extending support to arrest People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case.

Mr. Balakrishnan told reporters here on Thursday that some of the accused in the case were arrested by the Karnataka Police on the basis of details provided by the Kerala Police.

“The Kerala government will respond to any official request from the Karnataka government in regard to the case. I do not want to get into an argument with anyone over the issue. The Karnataka Home Minister's statement is aimed at diverting public attention from the Karnataka High Court's remarks about the case,” he added.

Mr. Balakrishnan said that steps would be taken this year for the bifurcation of the Thrissur and Kollam police divisions.

Asked to comment on a letter reportedly received by a Central Bureau of Investigation court stating that a police officer was involved in a case related to the assault on Thodupuzha Newman College professor T.J. Joseph, Mr. Balakrishnan said the State government was not aware of it.

Cyber crimes on the rise

Staff Reporter writes from Kochi: Instances of cyber crime are on the rise and investigators are facing problems as the punishment for these crimes vary from country to country. There is no common international law to combat cyber crime effectively, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said here on Thursday.

He was speaking after inaugurating “Cocon 2010,” a global cyber security and hacking conference.

Mr. Balakrishnan said that while the State police received just 351 petitions on cyber crime in 2007, the number of cases shot up to 977 in 2008 and 2,937 in 2009. This change had made the police equip themselves in handing such cases. Cyber crime investigation had been included in the basic training procedure for sub-inspectors and other personnel.

B. Sandhya, Inspector-General of Police, Ernakulam Range, presided.

  • Says the government will respond to any official request from Karnataka government
  • Steps will be taken this year for bifurcation of Thrissur and Kollam police divisions

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