Bhubaneswar, Oct 14: As many as 20,326 cyber crime cases have been registered in Odisha during the last seven years and six months.
At least 317 cyber crimes were registered in Odisha in 2016. The number of cases rose to 824 in 2017 and 867 in 2018.
A total of 1485 cyber fraud cases were registered in the state in 2019 while the state reported 1931 cases in 2020 amid Covid pandemic.
However, the number reached 3402 in 2021 and 2022 reported the highest 7700 cases. In 2023, the state received 3800 cases between January and June.
On the other hand, thousands of cyber fraud cases are not being reported in the state from rural areas as police is avoiding to register such cases and trying to convince the victims to report in cyber cell.
Besides, there are no cyber experts in Odisha police. Some selected Sub-Inspectors were sent to Goa for training, who are now appointed at different police out-posts.