Kerala Excise Dept concerned over limitations in cyber cell of police


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Kottayam: Kerala Excise Additional Commissioner (Enforcement) EN Suresh informed that the department has intimated the government about its concerns over limitations in cyberspace.

As of now the department has two-member cyber wing unit in each district. They work together with cyber cell of police to probe various cases. However, the department is facing heat as cases related to ganja, illicit liqour and synthetic drugs are apparently on the rise.

Probing the cases on the basis of mobile and internet activity of perpetrators pose a challenge as the department is relying on police’s cyber cell to get tower location, call details and logs. Some excise officials claim that this causes delays. For getting the required details, applications have to be filed and it may take two or more days to receive response. Hence, accused cannot be nabbed quickly.

One of the major policy-level issue is that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) has not yet approved and notified excise as a nodal agency. At present, only Kerala Police, Narcotic Control Bureau, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in the state are notified as nodal agencies.


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