The Director-General of Police, Anjani Kumar, has stated that the police are facing unique challenges due to cybercrimes. These crimes involve hackers from different regions targeting computers in India and other countries.
Speaking at an event commemorating Prof. S Venugopal Rao, Anjani Kumar emphasized the evolution of policing from traditional cycle patrols to the challenges posed by cyber patrols. He highlighted the need for preparedness within the policing and criminal justice systems, as terrorists increasingly use technology and criminal and terror groups pose challenges in monitoring social media.
Anjani Kumar also discussed recent issues of separate identity fueling regional animosity, such as the reservation issue between the Meitei and Kookie communities in Manipur. He mentioned incidents like the 2007 bomb blast in Ludhiana and the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which claimed lives from various parts of the world.
The DGP explained how crime has transformed as societies transitioned from being food gatherers to food producers. Crimes have become more complex, involving trades, exchanges, collaborations, and conspiracies.
Shifting focus to border challenges, Anjani Kumar highlighted the major impact of coastal security on India, considering its extensive coastline and borders with Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar. He discussed vulnerabilities in infrastructure, critical infrastructure damage, cyber security threats, unnoticed data breaches, IoT vulnerabilities, drone risks, prison management, and human trafficking.
The DGP stressed the importance of public awareness and education campaigns in addressing these challenges. He urged people to engage in critical thinking and effective leadership to manage fear and anxiety, especially in the age of social media amplification.