Home Minister warns of legal action against rumour-makers

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DHAKA, Dec 6, 2018 (BSS) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan today urged all
not to share any information on social networking sites without verification,
warning that legal action would be taken against the people involved in
spreading rumour through social media.

“Don’t share or upload any information without verification. We are
working to identify the people involved in spreading rumour. Legal action
will be taken against those who will be found guilty in this regard,” he
said.

The home minister came up the warning while unveiling a documentary
tilted ‘Mithya Rukhe Satya Jan’ at RAB media centre at Kawran Bazar here.

A cyber crime cell has already been set up at RAB (Rapid Action
Battalion) headquarters to keep a close eye on the cyber criminals as none of
the rumour-makers can be spared, he said.

About the negative impacts of rumour on the society, Asaduzzaman said:
“We do not forget the incidents at Ramu in Cox’s Bazar and Nasirnagar in
Brahmanbaria yet. We also observed that the road safety movement was given
into another direction”.

Describing rumour as a stick of match, which can strike a big fire, the
home minister said the social as well as state equilibrium can be hampered if
rumour is brought out on social media.

Speaking on the occasion, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad
Javed Patwary also called upon all not to spread any rumour on social
networking sites.

Public Security Division Secretary of the Home Minister Mostofa Kamal
Uddin said: “Spreading rumour on the social networking sites is a criminal
offence. Action will be taken against the people, who spread rumour, under
the Digital Security Act”.

RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed said a section of people are out to
spread rumour to create anarchy ahead of the upcoming national election.

“They are now trying to mislead the nation through spreading rumour and
we will definitely bring them to book,” he said.

 

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