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Rally on cyber crime

Jamshedpureans have taken the pledge to fight against cyber crime.

In a bid to spread awareness, schoolchildren, police officers and officials from Tata Motors Limited will take out a rally from Tata Motors gate in Telco on Wednesday morning. Big names like East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police Amol V. Homkar, superintendent of police (city) Karthik S. and senior officials of Tata Motors Limited are likely to join.

Organised by district police, the participants of the rally, which will be the first-of-its-kind in the steel city, will march from Tata Motors gate to Golmuri roundabout, a distance of 4km, with placards and banners.

Divulging details, SP (city) Karthik S. said the rally was being held to spread the bad word about cyber crime.

Explaining the modus operandi of a few groups, the officer said, “Some racketeers offer brand new car as a prize for identifying a face. They usually publish an advertisement in the newspapers. Interested people have to identify the face, usually of famous film star, and then dial a number given on the advertisement. Once the resident makes the call, he/she is asked to deposit a lump sum as registration fee.”

According to the SP, the racketeers promise that once the registration money is paid, they would deliver the car near Tata Motors Limited’s gate and ask the winners to collect the vehicle from there free of cost.

“Many have lodged complaints with different thanas, alleging that they never found any car,” said the SP, adding that on an average East Singhbhum police received 15 complaints in a month.

The senior officer said that they have tried to rope in residents of Telco, Birsanagar, Baridih and Golmuri as it would not be inconvenient for them to participate in the rally.

Tata Motors Limited spokesperson Capt P.J. Singh echoed him. “The rally is aimed at spreading awareness against cyber crime. Schoolchildren and company officials will participate,” Singh said.