She has been arrested for allegedly spreading rumours on social media and instigating violence during the student demonstrations demanding safer roads
A Dhaka court has sent restaurateur Faria Mahjabin to jail after her three-day remand in police custody ended in a case filed under the ICT Act.
During a hearing on Monday, she also reportedly gave a confessional statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to Metropolitan Magistrate Delwar Hossain.
Afterwards, she was sent to jail, confirmed court police’s General Recording Officer Sub-Inspector Md Moqbul Hossain.
Faria, 28, was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) for allegedly spreading rumours on social media and instigating violence during the recent student demonstrations in the capital’s Dhanmondi.
On August 17, another court had granted police three days to question her.
However, on Monday, Magistrate Delwar also ordered the Dhaka Central Jail authorities to take necessary measures to provide Faria with medical treatment in line with the Jail Code.
The order came after the court heard a petition filed by her lawyer Jahedur Rahman.
Nerdy Bean Coffee Haus owner Faria was arrested from her home on Haji Afsar Uddin Road in west Dhanmondi last Thursday night.
“Faria had allegedly tried to create disorder by spreading rumours on social media during the student movement demanding safer roads,” RAB 2 Commanding Officer Anwar Uz Zaman had said at the time.
A RAB press release issued on Friday also said that Faria confessed during primary interrogation to posting fabricated status updates and audio clips on Facebook.
Later that day, Faria was handed over to Hazaribagh police station, where the ICT case was filed against her.