When the government under the dynamic and magnanimous leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is tirelessly fighting religious extremism and terrorist activities, Islamist forces in Bangladesh, including Hizbut Tahrir, Hizb Ut Towhid, Hefazat-e-Islam and Jamaat-e-Islami are running notorious propaganda against the Bangladesh government through dozens of YouTube channels.
According to information, a YouTube cyber jihad channel named AUTV News24 posted a content on April 4, 2021 where a radical Muslim is seen passing extremely derogatory comments about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also is seen giving open call to the members of Hefazat-e-Islam to destroy homes and properties of Awami League members and supporters and murder them. Such content though is tantamount to high treason under the existing law of Bangladesh, no action has been taken against the culprits until filing of this report. This seditious content has been viewed by over 8,66,812 people, while more than 4,400 pro-jihadists have commented on it. The channel has a mobile number 0171-5001-882 in it, and said, people can reach them in this number via IMO voice app.
AUTV News24 was launched on May 8, 2016, while it also has connections with several pro-militancy channels on the video sharing platform.
On YouTube, AUTV News24 in the ABOUT section states: “This channel is for all about Bangla sports news, Bangla politics news, Bangla star news, Bangla trending news, probashi [expatriate] news, all Bangla viral news, Bangla update news. Please subscribe my channel AUTV News24. My IMO number 00881715001822.
The content posted on YouTube channel AUTV News24 on April 4, 2021 should be immediately monitored and stern legal actions should be taken against the speaker of the content as well as people involved with AUTV News24 channel.
Our reporters have also identified several pro-militancy YouTube channels such as: Osman Khan (this channel was launched on December 12, 2013 and states “This is official YouTube channel [of] Osman Khan. This channel [if for] entertainment purpose), AR Cox’s Media, AF Production, RS Voice TV, N Islami 24 [Neo Islami Tv, possibly run by Neo JMB members], Neel Bangla, ShahadatShowrov Official, ASTV News, N Islamic24 [this channel also possibly is owned by Neo JMB], BD Bangla News 24 etcetera.
YouTube channel of banned Hizbut Tahrir
Banned militancy outfit Hizbut Tahrir is running a YouTube channel named Hizb-ut-Tahrir Media Office Bangladesh. This notorious militancy outfit also runs few more channels, through which it has been promoting religious hatred and radical Islamic militancy.
YouTube channel of banned Hizb Ut Towheed
Activities of cyber jihadists on Facebook
On March 29, 2021, a militancy funder named Shahana Rashid posted a video of hate preacher Mizanur Rahman Azhari, with the call of waging countrywide protests against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the comment section of this notorious post, several people suggested for waging jihad against the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Shahana’s son Shamol Mahmood (Anjan) is also seen publishing posts on his Facebook ID defaming anti-militancy individuals in Bangladesh. It may be mentioned here that, Shamol is a student of Malaysia’s LimKokWing University, which is accused of breeding militants and racists. Several students of this university were arrested by counterterrorism unit of Malaysian Police for their direct involvement with Islamic State (ISIS).
According to information, while Shahana Rashid is having connections with Jamaat-e-Islami and Hefazat-e-Islam, her son Shamol is linked to Hizbut Tahrir while her another son, Sajal Mahmud (Ony) is involved into terrorism and criminal activities.
Shahana Rashid is also accused of money laundering and terror financing.
Cyber jihad units of the militancy forces
Our team of investigative reporters have identified cyber jihad units of Hefazat-e-Islam, Jamaat-e-Islami, BNP, Hizbut Tahrir and other militancy forces, which are extremely active on social media. Members of these units are attacking through floods of comments on each of the posts against Hefazat-e-Islam’s leader Mamunul Haque’s secret sex scandal. According to our findings, secularist individuals and media outlets are the prime targets of these notorious gang.
Members of law enforcement and intelligence agencies should initiate immediate investigation into this matter and take exemplary punitive measure against the culprits.