Six people, including two imams, have been fined in Gournadi upazila of Barishal for spreading rumors, said police.
They were picked up from different spots of the upazila today, said Golam Sarwar, officer-in-charge of Gournadi Police Station.
A mobile court led by Upazila Nirbahi Officer Ishrat Jahan fined each Tk 25,000 or one month's jail in default, for using loud speakers of a mosque and social media to spread rumours.
Between four hours until 3:00am today, they propagated rumours that the armed forces were about to spray medicine so people should stay home -- locking doors and windows, triggering panic in the area, said OC Golam Sarwar.
Among them, two are school teachers -- Rafiqul Islam of Gournadi Government Model Primary School and Salma Akhter of Barthi School and College -- and two are imams -- Hasan Al Mamun of North Bijoypur Moqsue and Abdul Quader of Baniajuri Mosque.
The rest have been identified as Sirajul Islam, a retired sergeant of Bangladesh Army, and Dipali Debnath, a former teacher of Gournadi Government Model Primary school.