On Tuesday, Didar Bhuiyan was picked up from his Badda office in Dhaka, and Minhaz Mannan Emon, was arrested from the capital’s Banani
A Dhaka court has sent Rashtrochinta organizer Didar Bhuiyan and Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) Director Minhaz Mannan Emon to jail in a case filed against them and nine others under the Digital Security Act (DSA).
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury passed the order after rejecting their bail petitions when Ramna police station Sub-Inspector Jamshedul Alam, also investigation officer of this case, produced them before the court on Thursday.
Earlier, law enforcers arrested four people after the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) filed a case against 11 people under the controversial Digital Security Act with Ramna police station, claiming that their activities on social media led to confusion, instability and chaos among the people.
On Tuesday, Didar Bhuiyan was picked up from his Badda office in Dhaka, and Minhaz Mannan Emon, was arrested from the capital’s Banani under the DSA case. Both of them were later handed over to police.
Similarly, Cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore and former crocodile farm owner and writer Mushtaq Ahmed were picked up from Kakrail and Lalmatia areas of Dhaka respectively, in connection with the case.
On Wednesday afternoon, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahmuda Akter sent Kishore and Mushtaq to jail after rejecting their bail petition when they were produced before the court.
According to the case statement, RAB-3 cyber team received “secret information” regarding some people spreading false and fabricated information about the Covid-19 pandemic and against the government using several Facebook IDs.
It said RAB started screening some accounts and discovered a page — I am Bangladeshi — run by Facebook IDs—Saer Zulkarnain, Ami Kishore (in Bangla), Ashiq Imran, Philipp Schumacher, Swapan Jahid and Mustaque Ahmed.
The Facebook page posted false information and rumours against Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Liberation War and the Covid-19 situation, knowing full well that such information and rumours were false and intended to create confusion.
In the statement, RAB referred to some hyperlinks of the Facebook posts to substantiate its claim.
Others accused in the case include expatriate journalists Tasneem Khalil and Shahed Alam, Saer Zulkarnain, Ashiq Imran, Philipp Schumacher, Swapan Jahid, Mustaque Ahmed and blogger Asif Mohiuddin.