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R-Day alert at cyber cafés
- Many faces of the patriot

Smartened by a hoax mail sent last year threatening serial blasts, police on R-Day mode in Ranchi are acting tough on cyber cafés, asking owners to seek identity proof of visitors and maintain a user log.

SSP Saket Kumar Singh said the drive began from Doranda police station area on Thursday evening and will continue in other places even after Republic Day. “Fighting criminals both on the ground and in cyber space is not an easy task. So, we are not leaving anything to chance,” he added.

For starters, police teams will visit every Internet café and asked owners to keep copies of identity proofs of users. In case, the user is a minor, identity proof and telephone numbers of his or her parents will have to be kept. “Besides these, a register with details of the visitor and duration of Internet use will be maintained. If the user is a student from outside the state, the café owner will have to keep the address of his or her local guardian,” Singh said.

Doranda OC Fozail Ahmed — who conducted surprise raids at some Internet joints in Hinoo, North Office Para and Kusai Colony along with technical expert of cyber crime cell Vineet Kumar — said the idea behind the exercise was to create awareness about this relatively new genre of offence. “And, in the process, ensure co-operation in curbing cyber crime,” he added.

On December 6, 2012, DGP G.S. Rath received a terror mail, threatening 3,000 deaths in blasts across Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Delhi. Copies of the mail were also received by police chiefs in Mumbai and New Delhi.

The mail was sent from the Yahoo mail ID danishalam902. A thorough probe, with help from Yahoo, revealed it was written by a Ranchi-based private contractor Mohammed Irfan.

Irfan, who had daringly sent the e-message from a cyber café right beside Lalpur police station in the heart of the capital, arrested and sent to jail on December 31.


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