Aizawl: At least 88 cases have been registered and 7 people convicted in Mizoram since the first cybercrime was registered in the state since 2009.
Sources in CID (crime) said of the 88 cases, 52 have been chargesheeted and 40 others are under investigation. 5 people have been acquitted, while 8 cases could not be fully investigated, the sources said.
The first cybercrime case was registered in Mizoram on 20 May, 2009 by a pastor, when his email account was hacked and was demanded 2,500 US dollar by a Nigerian national. The number of cyber crime related case was highest in 2014 during which 28 cases had been registered.
During the current year, at least 3 cyber crime cases have been registered, officials of cyber crime cell said.
Apart from social media post, bank fraud and monetary cheating through social media and porn cases were common, they said.
During 2009 to 2014, the highest number of cybercrime cases were related to pornography and sex tape which were circulated in social networking sites. Of recently, offences committed on social media post took the place of pornography in cyber crime cases in the state, CID officials said.
Cybercrime investigation cell was established in the state under CID (Crime) in Aizawl district on 21 May, 2014. A complainant can lodge FIR against any cyber crime related cases at the nearest police station from where the cases were transferred to cyber crime cell.
The state government is making efforts to set up its first cyber crime police station by elevating the existing cyber crime cell to deal with the growing incidents of cybercrime, including misuse of the social media.
The central government has sanctioned Rs 1.48 crore for establishment of cyber crime police station, a senior police officer said.
Deputy inspector-general (northern range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte had earlier said that bank frauds, using information technology and abuse of social media, have been steadily increasing in the state which has necessitated the establishment of a separate cyber crime police station to deal with growing incidents of cybercrime, especially against women and children.
“In most cases, women and children become victims of cybercrime. The state government is also trying to set up a cyber forensic laboratory and a cyber training centre,” he had said.