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Shortcomings in Mangaluru’s CEN Police Station Hinder Cybercrime Prevention

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In Mangaluru, the Cyber, Economic, and Narcotic (CEN) police station grapples with significant challenges in combating cybercrimes due to understaffing and operational limitations.

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The station faces a severe shortage of personnel, leading to the appointment of acting officers to manage day-to-day operations. Despite efforts to prioritize cybercrime resolution by assigning an ACP-rank officer, the absence of regular inspectors hampers effective crime prevention measures. Regular visits by inspectors have been sporadic over the past two years, exacerbating the station’s operational difficulties. Presently, the CCB inspector assumes responsibilities at the CEN police station.

With an average of 25 complaints registered monthly, the station struggles to track and apprehend online fraudsters due to the complex nature of cybercrimes and the difficulty in tracing perpetrators.

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Moreover, the absence of the regular inspector, Satish Kumar, due to illness, further compounds the station’s challenges. While temporary management was undertaken by Ravi Naik previously, the current oversight falls to Shyam Sundar, the CCB inspector, who has been managing the station for the past year-and-a-half.

Ravish Naik, the in-charge ACP of the CEN police station, acknowledges the need for improvement and assures plans for station upgrades, including the appointment of a separate ACP and a regular inspector. Additional personnel and officers provided by the city commissioner of police aim to alleviate the station’s operational strain.

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