If losing money wasn’t distressing enough, victims of online fraud further face excruciating paperwork while dealing with banks and the judiciary to get their money back. It can months or even years to get the money refunded.
Now, the Gujarat CID crime has found a way to cut the red tape. The police have begun invoking a special provision in Section 457 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), because of which they have returned Rs 8.29 crore to 3,904 cybercrime victims within a couple of months through special lok adalats held across Gujarat.
The success of the procedure, implemented in June 2022, brought a group of senior officials from the Union ministry of home affairs to Gandhinagar on February 25. “They studied the operation so that they can study and implement it across the country,” a senior CID crime officer said.
A police officer said, “Usually, a cybercriminal steals a target’s money, wire transfers it to a dubious account located in a remote corner of the country and then withdraws the amount through an ATM.”