When the government and the entire state machinery were effectively working in combating vandalism, anarchism and terrorist acts of Hefazat-e-Islam, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Jamaate-e-Islami, Hizbut Tahrir and other militancy outfits, sitting in Dhaka’s Uttara area, a terror-funder was busy in giving instigations through social media by calling to waging jihad against the government and spread notorious activities centering the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the golden jubilee of the independence of Bangladesh. Meanwhile, West Bengal’s scandalous chief minister Mamata Banerjee too has exposed her involvement by falsely accusing the Indian Prime Minister responsible for the notorious terrorist activities throughout Bangladesh. We understand, Mamata is working as a mercenary of Pakistan and radical Islamic evil forces.
Indian news agency ANI on March 20, quoting Bangladesh Chhatra League, student front of ruling Awami League, said Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka was funding Hefazat-e-Islam to protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
According to reports published in Blitz, the Organiser, the Eastern Herald and vernacular news outlets namely Notun Somoy, ART News, Jamjamat etcetera, on March 29, 2021, a woman named Shahana Rashid aka Sanu published a video statement of hate-preacher Mizanur Rahman Azhari with notorious call for waging jihad against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government, for “inviting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi” to Bangladesh. This post on Facebook was no isolated case. Instead, Shahana is accused of money laundering, terror financing alongside multiple criminal activities, while her son – Sajal Mahmud aka Ony is involved into terrorist activities, and her youngest son – Shamol Mahmood aka Anjan is accused of his direct affiliations with militancy groups as well involvement in cybercrime.
On March 28, 2021, Blitz has drawn attention of the authorities concerned with specific allegations of money laundering against Shahana Rashid, while on March 30, 2021, the matter of this woman’s instigative Facebook post against Bangladesh government was brought into the attention of several senior officials of Bangladesh Police, including the cybercrime prevention cell of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). While the matters already are under investigation, Shahana Rashid and her culprit sons have resorted to ugly propaganda against internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research scholar, counterterrorism specialist and editor of Blitz, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, which also are tantamount of criminal actions under existing law of the land.
On April 4, 2021, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the parliament that her government would not tolerate non-Islamic activities like arson attacks and vandalism in the name of Islam and vowed to take legal actions against those involved in such activities.
“I can only tell that legal action will be taken against those responsible for such misdeeds” the Prime Minister said.
Mentioning that the Hefazat started mayhem when the nation was set to celebrate the golden jubilee of the country’s independence from March 17 to 26, she said, “Did Hefazat do it alone? The BNP-Jamaat alliance is behind it.”
The Prime Minister said it is sure that all the Hefazat men were not involved in the mayhem.
On the same day, while inaugurating the newly constructed headquarters of the National Security Intelligence (NSI), Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the NSI personnel to work sincerely for making the country free from terrorism, militancy, drug and corruption.
“I want each employee of NSI to discharge their duties with sincerity and honesty being imbued with patriotism,” she said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also called upon the intelligence agency to save the people following the government’s zero tolerance strategy against the social menaces like militancy.
The cases of Shahana Rashid and her sons
According to newspaper reports in Bangladesh and abroad, a woman named Shahana Rashid, who is allegedly a terror-funder, money launderer, crime godmother with connections with militancy groups in West Bengal and Bangladesh was posting video statements on Facebook giving instigations of spreading terrorism in the name of anti-Modi “protests” throughout Bangladesh.
Shahana’s connections with militants in West Bengal started several years ago, when she visited India and held secret meetings with suspicious individuals in Kolkata. Her son, Sajal Mahmud Ony abducted an Indian national named Sanjib Saha in 2012 and demanded ransom after brutally torturing him inside a floor at their house in Dhaka’s Uttara area.
Shahana’s son Sajal Mahmud also has been openly publishing posts on Facebook in favor of Pakistan.
It was also reported in the media that Shahana and her Jamaat-e-Islami cohorts had pilled huge stock of flammable chemicals and explosive gel [also may be gun powder] in a secret warehouse at her house.
She also has been allegedly funding militancy groups in Malaysia while her youngest son Shamol Mahmood Anjan is a student of LimKokWing University, which is branded as breeding ground of jihadists and racists. Furthermore, specific allegations of money laundering against Shahana is currently under investigation by authorities concerned of Bangladesh Bank and National Board of Revenue.
Moreover, Shahana’s youngest son Shamol Mahmood (Anjan) is allegedly running several fake accounts on Facebook and Instagram, which he uses for blackmailing and maligning various individuals. Blitz already has obtained specific evidences of these fake IDs. Moreover, Shamol is accused of blackmailing females by making them victims of his false romantic trap. We have evidence of such activities as well.
According to documentary evidences published by several media outlets in Bangladesh and India, Shahana’s son Sajal Mahmud aka Ony had abducted Indian national Sanjib Saha at the instruction of Pakistani ISI, while he also was assigned of carrying out attacks on Indian diplomats and individuals in Dhaka. Sajal is also connected to Myanmar-based Yaba trafficking and distribution racket under the disguise of “rehab” member. Several years ago, Sajal had published his photograph holding a foreign-made short weapon, possibly with the motive of drawing attention of prospective buyers. Forensic of his computers and mobile phones will prove these criminal actions.
Immediate arrests, forensic of computers and phones
Considering the gravity of specific allegations brought against Shahana Rashid and her sons – Sajal Mahmud and Shamol Mahmood, authorities concerned should confiscate all the computers and mobile phones from the possession of Shahana and her sons for forensic to unearth further details about their criminal activities, including terror connections. As per existing law of the land, Shahana’s notorious actions fall under the Anti-Terrorism Act of the country.
Let those culprits not flex muscle anymore
We are witnessing with utter dismay the way Hefazat-e-Islam men snatched their scandalous leader Mamunul Haque from the police custody as he was captured with a female from Royal Resort in Narayanganj city. Moreover, the subsequent actions of Mamunul and his Hefazat cronies clearly show – they already have resorted to the criminal notoriety of challenging the state machinery and the government when they are caught red-handed of terrorist acts and social crimes.
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies should immediately take necessary measures in further unearthing the criminal activities of Shahana Rashid, Sajal Mahmud and Shamol Mahmood, while Bangladesh Bank, National Board of Revenue and Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) should take stern legal actions against Shahana for money laundering and terror financing.