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Spreading Rumours about Banks

Four bankers arrested

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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Four bankers arrested

The Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has arrested four more people for spreading rumours about the country's financial sector and banks, including Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL).

The arrestees are Sayeed Ullah, Mosharraf Hossain, Shahidullah Majumder and Captain (retd) Habibur Rahman. All of them are bankers in profession.

The social media crime investigation team of DB Cyber and Special Crime (North) division arrested them from different areas of the capital on Wednesday.

“A section of Islami Bank officials, involved in the politics of Jamaat-Shibir, is creating panic and fear among people by spreading false information about banks through social media platforms and other ways in a bid to destabilise Bangladesh’s financial sector,” Harun-Or-Rashid, DMP additional commissioner, told reporters at the DB office in the capital on Thursday.

He said they recently brought some people to book and identified some IBBL officials involved in spreading propaganda.

The DB chief also said they have kept some other officials under close watch and will bring them to book following further investigation.

“Some anti-liberation elements had been involved in the establishment of the bank. When the control of the bank shifted from Jamaat-Shibir to S Alam Group and others, the anti-liberation forces started plotting to destroy the bank,” he said.

Mentioning that the arrestees confessed to their misdeeds, Harun said they continue their drive to bring other accused to book.

Earlier on January 8, DMP's cybercrime division arrested five people from different parts of the capital for spreading rumours about the country's financial sector and banks.

The arrestees are Mohammad Noor Un Nabi, Afsar Uddin Roman, Abu Saeed Saju, Swadhin Mia and Abdus Salam.

The IBBL was established in 1983 with the support of Islamic Development Bank, which withdrew major shares in 2017. It is now serving 1.9 million customers with 6,000 outlets, including 392 branches, 2,030 sub-branches, 2,700 agent outlets and 2,500 automated teller machines.

As part of its efforts to bring Islami Bank into the mainstream banking sector, the government took the initiative in 2017 to free it from Jamaat-e-Islami's control.