3 held for spreading rumours on Facebook


Dhaka, August 08: Cyber security and crime division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Tuesday night arrested three online activists for allegedly provoking students spreading rumors on popular social media Facebook over the student movement.The detainees have been identified as Touhidul Islam Tushar, 24, Md Waliullah, 28, and Ihsanuddin Ifaz, 18.

Demanding 7-day remand, police sent them to the court.

Confirming the news, DMP cyber security and crime division additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Nazmul Islam said that they are shown arrested in a case filed on August 4 with Ramna police station under ICT Act for provoking students through spreading rumors on Facebook.

Facebook IDs and Groups passwords including Moblile, Laptop, and Memory chips were seized from their possessions, he said.

According to investigation reports, it is known that they were trying to turn the ongoing student protest for safe roads into a violent one by sharing various provocative contents, posts and going live on Facebook, he added.

Earlier, law enforcers have arrested Mahbubur Rahman Arman, 30, Alamgir Hossein, 27, and Saidul Islam, 31, from different parts of the capital for allegedly trying to create unrest by spreading rumours on social media instigating the student protest.

On last July 29, two students of Shaheed Ramij Uddin Cantonment College were killed and 12 others injured as a bus ploughed through a crowd waiting for transports on Airport Road near Radisson Hotel in the capital.

Immediately after the accident, students took to different streets in Dhaka protesting the incident and demanding safe road. But, the situation turn into violent following a rumor over the clash in Dhanmondi area on last Saturday and Sunday.