Spreading Rumours: Doctor put on 3-day remand

A Chattogram court yesterday granted a three-day remand for quizzing Dr Iftekhar Adnan, who was arrested by police on Saturday night for spreading rumors about novel coronavirus on social media through an audio clip.

The court of Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Salem Md Noman passed the remand order for Dr Adnan -- who works as a doctor at a private hospital at GEC intersection of the port city -- after police pleaded a 10-day remand for him before the court, said Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Md Kamruzzaman of Chattogram Metropolitan Police.

Police claimed that Adnan is a health affairs secretary of Jubo Dal's Chattogram city unit -- a youth wing of BNP.

The audio -- which appeared to be a phone conversation allegedly recorded by Adnan -- says the death toll from coronavirus increased in  Chattogram, and that the government is withholding information relating to it, urging the man on the other side to be cautious.

Police had said on Saturday that Adnan admitted to recording the audio, during primary investigation.


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