To curve the internet related fraud and save people from falling prey to lucrative online offers in state, the Himachal Pradesh Police has decided to set up a state-of-the-art cyber laboratory at its CID headquarters Shimla.

Ashok Sharma, Inspector-General of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau stated that the laboratory will be set up at a cost of Rs 50 lakh so that the increasing cyber crime can be curbed.

He said initially it had been proposed to set up the cyber laboratory at the Police Training College in Daroh, near Palampur, but now it would be set up in Shimla. Giving insight into the world of cyber crime, he said the crime record of the state indicated to an increase in cyber crime. He added that this wing will keep its close eye on online money spinning offers, profitable investment options and lottery scams. He stated that the international drug mafia was using the Internet not only to peddle narcotics, but also to organise in-demand rave parties in the Kullu-Manali and McLeodganj-Dharamsala areas.

Sharma said many had been duped through the use of technology and police personnel were being imparted training to handle and probe scientifically cyber crime. He also hopes to get the cooperation of the public, which must be aware of swindlers out to deceive people.