Criminal Investigation Department of police has lodged a case against five detained youths under the much-talked-about Digital Security Act 2018 for alluring people with the offer of selling question of medical admission test held on October 5 using electronic device and social media.
This is reported to be the first case under the controversial act two days after the president signed the bill on October 8.
‘Criminal investigation department sub-inspector Md Abdul Hannan lodged the case with Paltan Police Station Wednesday night,’ said sub-inspector Sultana Akter on Thursday.
The accused are Kawsar Gazi, 19, son of Kalam Gazi of Pirojpur, Sohel Mia, 21, son of Zakir Hossain of Chandpur, Tariqul Islam Shovon, 19, son of Hasanur Rashid of Madaripur, Rubaiat Tanvir Aditya, 20, son of Md Alam of Naogaon and Masudur Rahman Emon, 21, son of Ansar Ali of Tangail, she said.
They were arrested by the CID on Wednesday, she said, adding that they were also charged under the Public Examinations (Offences) Act, 1980.
SI Sultana said that they were charged under three sections of the Digital Security Act – for cheating using electronic device, for collecting and using another person’s identity information without legal authority and for cheating identity or disguising using computer system, digital device and network.
If proved, an accused will have to endure five years’ jail or to pay Tk 5 lakh in fine or the both in each of the sections.
On Thursday morning, crime unit special police super Molla Nazrul Islam, in a press conference at CID headquarters in Dhaka, said they arrested the ‘cheating gang mastermind’ Kawasr Gazi who told them that they themselves prepared a fake question paper as they could not leak the original question papers and later, using different fake facebook accounts, sold them.
Nazrul said that Sohel used to help his friend Kawsar by collecting money from the students and their guardians by opening bkash account using others’ national identity cards.
He said that they arrested the duo from Dania of Jatrabari in the capital Wednesday evening.
The CID special SP said that they arrested three others from Alifnagar area of Badda in the capital Wednesday night.
The CID official said that the arrestees informed them that they could leak question papers in past years but, due to law enforcement agencies’ efforts, they could not manage question papers this year and prepared a fake question.
New Age’s court correspondent reported that the investigation officer of the case CID sub-inspector Shibbir Ahmed produced the five before Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Satyabrata Shikder seeking a seven-day remand for interrogation in police custody.
The judge, however, allowed two days.
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