12:00 AM, December 30, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:45 AM, December 30, 2018

8 youths held for spreading rumours

Rapid Action Battalion arrested eight youths from the city's Mogbazar and Mouchak areas on Friday night, on charges of spreading rumours on social media centring the national election.

A team of Rab-2 conducted drives and arrested them with video editing software, laptop and mobile phones, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, Rab's legal and media wing director, at a press briefing in the city yesterday.

The arrestees were Jamaat-Shibir men and were involved in making provocative videos in an attempt to make the election questionable and controversial, he claimed.

They arrestees are: Mahmudul Hasan, 27; Abdullah Al Noman, 26; Abdul Kader, 28; Morshul Islam, 22; Saiful Islam Mithu, 29; Didarul Islam, 35; Arifur Rahman, 34; and Motahar Hossain, 21.

They used to make documentaries and parody songs and uploaded those on Facebook, YouTube and others websites, he said, adding they had undertaken a project worth Tk 47 lakh to spread propaganda.

A total 35 people have been arrested in connection with spreading election-related rumours, Rab said.

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