Spl police unit soon for combating spread of rumour on facebook
Published : Thursday, 27 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 354
Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) --a specialised police unit, is expected to start operation ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections for combating spread of rumour on Facebook. The 369-man strong specialised unit -- has already been approved by the government.
Cybercrime is rapidly spreading on Facebook as fraudsters prey on users who think the world's top social networking site is a safe haven on the internet.
In a recent order, the Home Ministry said the cyber bureau was formed to effectively deal with the growing number of cyber and pornography-related crimes.
About 200 Facebook accounts have been listed in connection to a case filed over "spreading rumour" in the social media during the recent quota reform agitation in Dhaka.
"Already, about 200 Facebook accounts have been identified who were associated in spreading rumours during the quota reform demonstration," police said.
As hundreds of thousands, mostly students and job seekers, converged in the quota reform movement all over Bangladesh, some misleading and false information were seen circulating on the internet.
According to the police headquarters, around 1,417 cases were filed under the ICT Act against 2,873 people in the last five years. Of them, 19 were filed in 2012, 48 in 2013, 149 in 2014, 303 in 2015, 546 in 2016 and 352 until June 30 of 2017.
The PHQ sent a proposal to the Home Ministry for a 575-member specialised cyber bureau on March 30 last year.
The unit will investigate crimes like hacking of Facebook and Twitter accounts, uploading nude pictures or videos on websites, hacking online bank accounts, using abusive words on the internet, comments hurting religious sentiments and other offences.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has launched its Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit was formed to increase the law-enforcing agency's capacity to curb militancy.
The CTTC unit will have 600 members including one DIG, one additional DIG, four deputy commissioners (DC), 10 additional DCs and 20 assistant commissioners.
However, the unit is yet to operate in full force as recruitment is still under process, said the DMP spokesperson having long experience in dealing with terrorist activities.
Police had previously informed the media that this unit would recruit officials from the DMP and the Detective Branch who have been working to curb extremist activities.
CTTC will collect data and information of terrorists from home and abroad, monitor and prevent their operations and also work to arrest them. Police officials said the unit has been equipped with the latest technologies.