The cybercrime department of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) of the police has lodged a case under the ICT law against those who have spread false rumours surrounding the quota reform movement.
The rumours include social media posts about the death of a Dhaka University (DU) student at the beginning of the movement, and allegations against a Bangladesh Chhatra League activist for cutting off the veins of the feet of a female student.
Sub-inspector of cybercrime unit SM Shahjalal filed the case in Ramna police station on April 11.
The Deputy Commissioner of cybercrime unit Alimuzzaman has confirmed the matter.
"A case has been lodged," he said. "We are trying to identify the ones who spread different kinds of rumours on social media platforms."
Cybercrime unit sources have informed that pages from different social media groups were active in spreading rumours during the quota reform movement. CTTC is especially trying to identify the admins of a Facebook page called "Basher Kella", alleged to have ties with Jamaat-Shibir.
The case statements have accused several anonymous people as spreading rumours, and have also added the names of Facebook pages and posts.
Other than that, the statement also includes Imran H Sarker's name and his shared Facebook posts.
On April 8, students and job seekers gathered around Shahbag protesting for quota reform from the morning. At around 8pm, police dispersed the crowd by firing teargas shells at the protestors. Later, clashes occurred between the police and the protestors all throughout the night.
On that night rumours spread in social media that a DU student had died. However, the incident was not verified. One day later, at the early hours of April 10, rumours spread that Chhatra League president of Sufia Kamal female residence hall of DU, Iffat Jahan Isha, had cut off the veins of the feet of a female student from her own hall.
Although Isha was expelled from Chhatra League and the university immediately, Chhatra League rescinded their order on Friday following the reports of an investigative committee formed on Thursday.
This article was first on banglatribune.com