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At a press briefing held on Thursday at the CID head office in Malibagh, deputy inspector general (DIG) of the CID cyber police centre, Jamil Ahmed, said that the student used her personal Facebook account to post instigative comments against religion. He said, “Three persons, including the student, have been arrested in this connection so far. One is in jail on charges of spreading rumours. Separate cases will also be filed against them.”

The Jagannath University authorities had earlier suspended this student for her social media posts that ridiculed religion. She was also suspended from the organisation Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad (Bangladesh Students Rights Council) on similar allegations. She was the leader of the organisation’s Jagannath University unit.

The student filed a GD (general diary) with Pallabi police station on 23 October, claiming that her Facebook ID had been hacked. On 27 October her elder sister filed a GD at the same police station, saying that she had gone missing. She said that she had left their house in Pallabi, Mirpur, on 25 October morning, and was missing since.

Replying to a question of Prothom Alo, the CID cyber police centre DIG said that interrogations revealed that after leaving home on 25 October, the student had contacted her friend and went to Bagerhat where they got married. They returned to Dhaka on 9 November. She was later detained at the home of her husband’s uncle in Narsingdi.

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