Anti-Religious Messages: A Man Will Serve Eight Years
A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison and fined Tk3,000,000 for hacking into another’s Facebook account and posting anti-religious messages on the social media platform.
Judge Golam Farooq of the Barishal Divisional Cyber Tribunal delivered the verdict in a case filed under the Digital Security Act yesterday.
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The condemned is Bapon Das, 27, from the Itna upazia of Kishoreganj.
According to the verdict, Bapon will have to serve an additional two years in prison if he does not pay the fine, said Ishtiak Ahmed Rubel, state attorney handling the case.
No lawyers or relatives of Bapon were present in court when the verdict was delivered yesterday midday, he added.
Police said Bapon was a professional hacker and used to hack different people’s accounts and use them for ransom.
On October 18, 2019, anti-religious messages were sent from the Facebook account of Biplob Chandra Baidya, a resident of Borhanuddin Upazila in Bhola, which sparked anger and protests from residents.
That evening, Biplob went to Borhanuddin police station to drop off a general log stating that his Facebook account had been hacked. But the police detained him for questioning.
Police then arrested Md Emon, 18, and Kamrul Islam Sharif, 18, who reside in Patuakhali, the following day.
On October 20, a group of religious fanatics, from a rally, attacked the police. The incident left four people dead and at least 100 others injured.
Immediately after the attack, 12 Hindu houses and a temple were vandalized in the upazila.
Later, Borhanuddin Police Sub-Inspector Delwar Hossain filed a complaint against Biplob, Emon and Kamrul under the DSA.
The case was then handed over to the Police Investigation Bureau on January 17, 2020 for further investigation and Barishal PBI Inspector Mahfuzur Rahman was appointed as an investigator.
PBI’s investigation revealed that Biplob, Emon and Kamrul were innocent and that Biplob’s account was hacked by Bapon.
On August 25, 2020, police arrested Bapon in the Paltan area of Dhaka and presented him in court, where he made a confessional statement.
On August 1, 2021, the PBI filed an indictment against Bapon, dropping charges against Biplob, Emon, and Kamrul.
The three innocents languished behind bars for about two years.