A new cyber crime laboratory inaugurated yesterday in Kolkata at Lalbazar. The lab inaugurated by IT minister Partha Chatterjee is billed as the first of its kind in eastern India, and seventh in India.

The lab proposal was mooted in 2009 after the Bangalore cyber lab, but could not parked due to lack of confidential financial backing and the CPM-led government's reluctance.

The lab has been set up with help from Nasscom will help train police in investigating cyber crimes and will act as a resource centre. "The lab will also have the facilities to clone any hard disk within minutes. It's a giant leap and we are sure cyber crime investigations will speed up," said an officer.

R K Pachnanda, Commissioner of police, said, "At a time when we are receiving an increasing number of cases of bank fraud and hacking emails and profiles in social networking websites, the laboratory will work as a resource centre for our officers. We also have started several training courses for our officers on cyber crime."

Last year, in August 2010, a cyber crime police station was opened at Lalbazar.