Police crack down on Kolkata cyber cafes

July 10th, 2008 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, July 10 (IANS) Ten cyber cafes in central Kolkata have been fined for not maintaining details of internet users, the city police said Thursday. The police acted tough after the internet parlours were found to have flouted a guideline issued to them by police chief Goutam Mohan Chakraborty Feb 21 in a bid to check cyber crime.

“We carried on a drive in central Kolkata Wednesday to check if all cyber cafes are maintaining a proper logbook with details of all internet users. Ten cafes have been hauled up as they did not maintain the documents,” city police deputy commissioner (central) Ajay Ranade told IANS.

“The cafe owners were fined under Section 188,” he said, but did not specify the fine amount.

“We will carry out such drives from time-to-time so that internet cafes are not misused by people,” Ranade added.

Police sources said there are over 100 cyber cafes in central, north and south Kolkata that don’t maintain logbook as per law.

The police commissioner had decreed that the cyber cafes would have to keep identity proof of customers and maintain in a log book details of their names, addresses, duration of net use and also the particular computer used by them.

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