Rumourmongers to face tough action

Staff Correspondent

5 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The intelligence units are now on a massive hunt for those spreading rumour over coronavirus pandemic in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

The detective branches went for the action when a section of people are misleading the common people in the country through rumour over the coronavirus issue, sources said. 

While addressing a recent handover ceremony, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary urged people not to pay heed to rumour.

“Some vested interests are trying to mislead people with false information centering the fatal disease in different social media . . . Stern action will be taken against the individuals who are trying to spread rumour on this,” he told the newsmen on the occasion.

Different units of law enforcement agency are working with it (spreading rumour) and in the meantime some people were indentified and nabbed as well, he said, adding none involved in spreading falsehood in the social media will be spared.

As part of the on-going anti-rumour crackdown, law enforcers arrested five people from different parts of Rangpur division on Saturday.

The arrestees are Ashik Sardar, Akhtaruzzaman, Tanjilur Rahman, Shamir Ghosh and Akibuzzaman. Rangpur Metropolitan Police commissioner Abdul Alim Mahmud said while briefing the journalists on Saturday.

On Friday night, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) also arrested an alleged hacker from the capital’s Jatrabari area for spreading rumour about the coronavirus pandemic.

The accused has been identified as a college student named Nayamur Rahman, alias Nayam. Police also seized a mobile phone and some other devices from his possession.

“Nayam is a professional hacker. He hacked several Facebook IDs in the past for money,” Khairul Islam, assistant superintendent of CID police told the journalists.

Khairul further said, “On March 23, Nayam hacked a Facebook ID and used it to spread a rumour on March 29.

He wrote that at least 29 people died after getting infected with the coronavirus at Sonirakhra area, urging everybody to be careful.

“He also requested people to share the rumour.”

A case has been filed against Nayam under the Digital Security Act.

Six days ago, police also arrested six persons from different areas in Dhaka on charges of spreading rumours and misleading information on the coronavirus outbreak.

They are Awkad Hossain, (53), Ferdous Hasan Titu, (25), Tawhidul Islam, (25), Muslim Uddin, (23), Mofizul Islam, (20) and Farid Hossain, (20).

Police also recovered a large quantity of leaflets containing misleading and false information and seized a pick-up van from their possession.

Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said a team of law enforcers first arrested Awkad while he was distributing leaflets in front of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Based on his information, five others were arrested from Dhaka’s Mouchak area, he added.

In primary interrogation, the arrestees admitted that different groups on 32 pick-up vans are distributing such leaflets in the city.

Police are trying to arrest the others and investigate their aims and objectives of spreading the information.