Anti-religious messages: Man to serve eight years – The Daily Star


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A man was sentenced to eight years imprisonment and fined Tk 3 lakhs for hacking into another's Facebook account and spreading anti-religious messages on the social media platform.

Judge Golam Farooq, of Barishal Divisional Cyber Tribunal, yesterday passed the verdict of a case filed under the Digital Security Act.

The convict is Bapon Das, 27, of Kishoreganj's Itna upazia.

According to the verdict, Bapon will have to serve two more years in jail if he fails to pay the fine, said Ishtiak Ahmed Rubel, state counsel of the case.

No lawyer or relative of Bapon was present in court during the verdict delivery yesterday noon, he added.

Police said Bapon is a professional hacker and he used to hack into different peoples' accounts and use them for ransom.

On October 18, 2019, anti-religious posts were sent from the Facebook account of Biplob Chandra Baidya, a resident of Bhola's Borhanuddin upazila, which sparked anger and protests among locals.

That evening, Biplob went to Borhanuddin Police Station to file a general diary saying his Facebook account was hacked. But police detained him for interrogation.

Police then arrested Md Emon, 18, and Kamrul Islam Sharif, 18, who are residents of Patuakhali, the next day.

On October 20, a group of religious zealots, from a rally, attacked police. The incident left four people dead and at least 100 others injured.

Immediately after the attack, 12 Hindu houses and a temple were vandalised in the upazila.

Later, Delwar Hossain, sub-inspector of Borhanuddin police, filed a case against Biplob, Emon and Kamrul under the DSA.

The case was then handed over to Police Bureau of Investigation on January 17, 2020, for further investigation and Barishal's PBI inspector Mahfuzur Rahman was appointed as the investigating officer.

The PBIs investigation revealed that Biplob, Emon and Kamrul were innocent and Biplob's account was hacked by Bapon.

On August 25, 2020, police arrested Bapon from Dhaka's Paltan area and produced him before a court, where he gave a confessional statement.

On August 1, 2021, the PBI submitted a charge sheet against Bapon, dropping the charges against Biplob, Emon and Kamrul.

The three innocent men languished behind bars for around two years.

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