Cyber Fraud Cases Increased In Odisha: Home MoS Tells Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Minister of State (MoS) for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra today admitted that the number of cyber fraud cases have increased in the State and also apprised the House that adequate steps are being taken by the State Government for keeping a tab on the rising figure of the sophisticated offence committed these days.

Responding to questions posed by senior BJD MLA Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati, the Home MoS argued that the increase in cyber crime is a national phenomenon and it has also not spared the State for which the Odisha Police is maintaining a strict vigil on it.

Providing data of last three years as had been sought by the opposition legislator, the Minister of State (MoS) for Home informed the House that 867 cyber fraud cases were reported in 2018 while 258 males and eight female accused persons were arrested with property worth Rs 10,74,127 recovered.

Similarly, 1475 cases were reported in 2019 with the arrests of 339 male and three female accused persons while Rs 38,44,667 worth property was recovered.

The year 2020 registered 1931 such cases while 356 male and 10 female accused persons have been arrested with property worth Rs 16,59,662 recovered.

The Minister said that mass awareness is being created as it plays a pivotal role to put a curb on the cyber crimes.

He also apprised the House that an advisory has been uploaded by the State Crime Branch on its official website for guiding the general public and also creating awareness from time to time through mainstream media.