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Five remanded in first Digital Security Act case

  • Published at 02:20 pm October 11th, 2018
Five remanded in first Digital Security Act case
Five youths accused in the first case filed under the Digital Security Act in October 11, 2018 Collected

5 youths have been held for selling fake medical admission question papers

A Dhaka court has granted two-day remands for each of five youths accused in the first case filed under the Digital Security Act. The detainees are accused of leaking fake question papers for the medical college admission test. 

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Sikder passed the order on Thursday, after CID's Organized Crime Sub-Inspector (SI), Shibbir Ahmed, produced the accused before the court with a seven-day remand petition. He also appealed for the accused to be detained until completion of the investigation into the charges against them. 

Earlier on Wednesday, the case was filed with Paltan police station. The five youths are charged with cheating people by selling fake medical college admission test question papers over social media. 

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested the youths in separate drives carried out in Dhaka’s Badda and Jatrabari on Wednesday night, said CID Special Superintendent Mollah Nazrul in a press briefing at the CID office in Dhaka on Thursday. 

He added that the case was filed under the Digital Security Act 2018 and Public Examinations Act (Offences) 1980. 

The arrested are Kawser Gazi, 19, Shohel Miah, 21, Tarikul Islam Shovon, 19, Rubaiyat Tanvir Aditto, and Masudur Rahman Emon. Five mobile phones and two laptops were seized from their possession. 

CID official Nazrul said Kawser used a pseudonym to open a Facebook account. Subsequently, he advertised and sold fake question papers for the medical college admission test. Their friend, Shohel, opened bKash accounts to collect the payments. 

Tarikul used Facebook in the same manner while the two others assisted him, he added. 

Special Superintendent Nazrul also said Kawser Gazi, during preliminary interrogation, revealed that they prepared fake question papers for the medical admission test as they failed to leak the real question papers this time. Later, they sold the fake question papers to some admission seekers using fake IDs of Facebook. 

"The case is now under investigation. We hope more members of the syndicate will be arrested soon," Nazrul said. 

Parliament passed the Digital Security Bill on September 20. 

On October 8, President Abdul Hamid assented to the bill, enacting it into law.

The MBBS admission test was held on October 5.