The annual report from India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revealed that officials from various cybercrime and police departments were trained in cryptocurrency forensics and investigation during the financial year 2022-23.
The MHA, or the Home Ministry, highlighted that under the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) — India’s central law enforcement and intelligence agency — 141 officers were trained on the investigations of darknet and cryptocurrencies, and other workshops related to digital footprints and gathering Intelligence and evidence from open source and social media, to name a few.
Additionally, the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) trained more than 2800 cyber police officials in crypto forensics and investigations and other emerging technologies like anonymization networks and investigating misuse of mobile applications in the cyber space.
While India prepares to tackle possible crypto-related crimes amid greater adoption, the nation continues to explore mainstream use cases in blockchain. India’s state-run oil and gas company, Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL), recently launched a blockchain system to enable automated verification of purchase orders (POs).
HPCL partnered with the blockchain software firm Zupple Labs to integrate its blockchain-based digital credentialing technology into the purchase order system.
“The implementation helps to automate the verification of HPCL POs to external parties,” a spokesperson for HPCL told Cointelegraph. “This works by integrating the blockchain system with HPCL’s internal e-PO and generates tamper-evident verifiable POs,” the representative noted.