The first cyber police station in India's eastern West Bengal state's provincial capital Kolkata was opened on Tuesday.
Set up with technical support from Infosys Technologies, the cyber police station has been aims to keep a check on the increasing cyber related crimes. State chief Buddhadeb Bhatacharjee and Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys technologies, inaugurated the new police station. Bhatacharjee patted his police force saying the crime rate in Kolkata was comparatively less than any other metropolis in the country.
"Crimes are increasing all over the country and Kolkata is no exception. But I can humbly claim that with the little number, minimum number of police forces, we have only 26,000 policemen in this city. If you compare with any other metropolitan city our number is less than any other metropolitan city.
But we could control crimes and also maintain communal harmony in this city. That is also very important for us," said Bhatacharjee. Encouraging the use of modern technology in policing, Murthy said that the new technologies would definitely enhance the quality of crime detection. "Police people in this city should keep up the god work they have done, be open minded, to learn from people who have performed better than us. Internet is full of information about cities and countries where lot more have been done and therefore if we can in deep look at those and learn from those and make the lives of citizens as well as your own life better," told Murthy.
Kolkata police also announced that Kolkatans could now register their complaints through e-mails. The new cyber police station will be a centralised unit that will address all cyber crime complaints directly instead of being routed through police stations. The unit will also serve a dual purpose, taking up complaints relating to e-mails, cyber fraud, obscenities posted on social networking sites etc.