As part of prevention and detection of cases like cyber crime in Salcete, police stations of Margao sub division have started regular inspections to determine whether directions given to cyber cafe owners are being followed or not.
Senior police officer claimed that user registers are checked regularly and sometimes surprise inspections are also carried out.
According to sources, district magistrate, South Goa had recently issued an order saying that in exercise of the powers vested under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973, any person contravening order shall be punishable under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code.
As per the order, internet-related crime, like any other crime, should be reported to appropriate law enforcement investigative authorities depending on the scope of the crime.
A senior police officer said that citizens who are aware of crimes should report them to local offices and law enforcement authorities. Cases of fake short message service (SMS), porno SMS, threat messages, fake lottery messages and others have been reported in the past, informed a police officer, who is investigating one such case.
Sources in Colva police station said that in-charge of the police station has issued direction to the beat police officers to visit cyber cafes and check user registers at these cafes to ensure that instructions are being followed.
Sources in police said that cyber café owners have been asked to keep users’ register in the per forma annexure, with identity details of the users.
The owners have also been asked to keep an eye on suspicious movements, or other suspicious activities. Besides, the owners have been asked to inform police if they suspect any suspicious activity on the part of the users.