CID West Bengal

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is the premier investigation department of the State Police Force of West Bengal, India. In Bengal, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) came into existence on 1 April 1906 under Mr. C.W.C. Plowden. The first head of CID after Independence was H.N. Sarkar, IPJP. The Headquarter of CID is situated at Bhabani Bhaban, 31 Belvedere Road, Alipore, Kolkata.[2] At present, CID West Bengal is headed by Sanjoy Mukherjee, IPS, Addl. Director General of Police.[3][4]

CID West Bengal
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Agency overview
Formed1 April 1906
JurisdictionWest Bengal
HeadquartersBhabani Bhaban, Alipore, Kolkata -700 027
MottoFight Crime and Win
Agency executive


The Indian Police Commission in 1902-03 recommended constituting Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in every province and on 21 March 1905 the Government of India accepted the proposal of the Commission. The Government issued instructions to start the department in every province by 1907. In Bengal, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) came into existence on 1 April 1906 under Mr. C.W.C. Plowden.[2]

Divisions and UnitsEdit

CID, West Bengal has several specialized units for investigation into special cases at its headquarters and 22 DD units throughout Bengal[5] -

  1. Investigation Units/Section
  2. DD units
  3. Specialized Units
  4. Forensic Units
  5. Administrative Offices

Investigation Units/SectionEdit

1 Homicide Squad
2 DRBT Section
3 Motor Theft Squad
4 Special Operation Group (SOG)
5 Railway & Highway Crime Cell
6 Special Crime Unit
7 Cyber Crime Cell ( also covering Cyber Forensics)
8 Narcotic Cell
9 Economic Offence Wing (EOW)
10 Cheating & Fraud Section
11 Protection of Women & Children Cell (POWC)
12 Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU)

Specialized UnitsEdit

1 Special Control Room
2 Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad (has its ramification in different districts)
3 Missing Persons Bureau
4 Law Section
5 Computer Section
6 Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS)
7 Photography Bureau
8 CI Section
9 CIW Section

Forensic UnitsEdit

1 Finger Print Bureau
2 Questioned Document Examination Bureau

Notable casesEdit

CID West Bengal has been involved in many notable and unique cases apart from the usual ones.[6]

Fake doctors caseEdit

In April 2017 the West Bengal Medical Council tipped of West Bengal CID that several fake doctors were operating in Bengal and requested them investigate. Investigation revealed that most of the arrested fake doctors were attached to some of the well-known hospitals in the state including Kothari Medical, Belle Vue Clinic.[7][8][9] By June 2017 over 500 fake doctors had been identified.[10][11][12] Following this several arrests have been made and West Bengal CID along with the state health department are planning to launch an app to spot fake doctors.[13][14] Fake medical institutes and medical colleges were also sealed.[15]

Baby trafficking sale caseEdit

The incident surfaced in November 2016 when evidence emerged detailing how one hospital was selling as many as 65 babies in one month with doctors admitting they have been involved in the trade for decades. Eight months after the case was detected, cops now claim as many as 150 hospitals are involved in this racket. The investigation led to findings related to as many as 10,000 babies changing hands illegally.[16][17][18] Evidence led to orphanages illegally selling babies in America.[19]

Blue Whale game caseEdit

During the Blue Whale game outbreak in India, West Bengal CID held awareness campaigns as well as saved an engineering student from risking his life in suicide.[20][21][22]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ CID WB key officials list
  2. ^ a b "Criminal Investigation Department West Bengal".
  3. ^ "Shuffle in CID ranks, new chief appointed". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Sanjoy Mukherjee is new CID chief". Asian Age. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  5. ^ "CID West Bengal - About Us".
  6. ^ "West Bengal CID arrests man for 'cheating' people of Rs 100 crore". The Indian Express. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  7. ^ "West Bengal: CID launches statewide hunt to nab more 'fake' doctors after arrest of three". Hindustan Times. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  8. ^ "'Fake doctors' racket: CID team visits Ruby Hospital in Kolkata". The Indian Express. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Bengal CID Busts Racket Selling Fake MBBS Degree Certificates". News18. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Over 500 fake doctors identified by CID in Bengal". The Hindu. PTI. 7 June 2017. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 5 February 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ "Fake Doctors' Arrests: 500 more Fraudsters Feared in West Bengal". News18. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Fake doctors have spread to different corners of Bengal : CID". Outlook India. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  13. ^ "CID app to spot fake doctors". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Fake Doctors' Racket Uncovered in Bengal With Several Arrests". The Quint. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  15. ^ "More fake doctors arrested, CID seals three institutes - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  16. ^ "West Bengal: CID uncovers newborn trafficking racket". The Indian Express. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Firstpost Investigation: Bengal's 'baby sale' racket saw 10,000 newborns sold in 20 years - Firstpost". Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Babies for sale". Frontline. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Bengal orphanage babies sold in America". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Blue whale challenge: CID saves a student in West Bengal from risking his life". The Indian Express. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  21. ^ "West Bengal CID initiates a Facebook awareness campaign on the Blue Whale game- Technology News, Firstpost". Tech2. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Bengal CID saves engineering student from jaws of Blue Whale". Hindustan Times. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2018.