88 cyber crime cases registered since 2009 in Mizoram

AIZAWL, JULY 8 (NNN): At least 88 cases related with cyber crime have been registered and 7 people convicted in Mizoram since the first cyber crime was registered in Mizoram in 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 cyber crime case was registered in Mizoram on May 20, 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 cases was highest in 2014 during which 28 cases had been registered, the sources also said.


During 2018, i.e., in the past 6 months, at least 3 cyber crime cases have been registered, officials of the cyber crime cell said.


Apart from social media posts, bank fraud and monetary cheating through social media and porn cases were common, they said.


During 2009 to 2014, the highest number of cyber crime cases was related to pornography and sex tape which were circulated on social media. Of recently, offences committed on social media post took the place of pornography in cyber crime cases in the state, the CID officials said.


Cyber crime investigation cell was established in the state under CID (Crime) in Aizawl district on May 21, 2014. Complainant can lodge FIR against any cyber crime related cases at nearest police station from where the cases were transferred to cyber crime cell.


The sources said that the State government of Mizoram 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 cyber crime, 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 Mizoram which have necessitated the establishment of a separate cyber crime police station to deal with growing incidents of cyber crime especially against women and children.


“In most cases, women and children become victims of cyber crime. The state government is also trying to set up a cyber forensic laboratory and a cyber training centre,” he added.