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Jharkhand DGP D K Pandey inaugurated the state's first cyber police station to tackle the threat posed by cyber criminals to the law and order situation and individual safety and privacy. 

"The cyber police station is equipped with necessary equipment and trained personnel to protect residents from cyber criminals," said Pandey after inaugurating the cyber cell on March 21,2016

More than one year later,the Cyber cell is as good as dead.It lacks competent staff and equipment's to contain the cyber crime.The number of cybercrime cases involving Facebook, WhatsApp, ATM pin, online banking fraud, among others has zoomed up.

But the Cyber cell headed by one DY SP has found it difficult to handle the rising number of cases.Here are a couple of examples.

One,the police had seized many cell phones after a B.Tech student was raped and murdered at Booty road in Ranchi early this year.The call details,messages and other details were sent to Forensic Science Lab in Kolkata.Reports came months later.

Two,after land seller Chandrahas Singh was murdered in Pandara,Ranchi,his mobile phones,SIM cards,messages and contacts were sent to Kolkata for verification.Again it took several months to get a report from Kolkata.  

So because Cyber Forensic Lab located in Kolkata was packed up with a series of investigations.Worse,there is no Cyber Forensic Lab in Ranchi. 

Apart from cases lodged directly at the station, cyber crime cases lodged at different police stations in the state were transferred to Ranchi where the DY SP was unable to handle the case."In the absence of cyber experts and forensic lab,it takes months to tackle one case",said a police officer. 

Records show the investigation was carried by only one Technical officer at a time when 50-60 cases were filed every month.In 2016,742 cases were registered by Cyber cell.Till August 31,2017,450 cases were registered.

The centre of the cyber criminals was Jamtara where a Cyber cell exist only on paper,it is learnt.

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