With the foul attempt of hiding his criminal past, an armed cadre of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Shamol Mahmood Anjan has been now taking false pretense of being a supporter of ruling Awami League.
According to sources, back in 2013, Shamol took part in BNP-Jamaat’s acts of terrorism and arson attacks in various parts of Dhaka city. Subsequently although he was accused along with others in several criminal cases lodged with different police stations, Shamol could not be apprehended as law enforcement agencies were unaware of his full name and other details. As police started raiding various parts of Uttara area in search of Shamol, he managed fleeing Bangladesh for the US under the disguise of a student.
But after arriving in the US, Shamol Mahmood Anjan did not show up in the college he got admitted and continued political activities and propaganda against Awami League government. This had made Federal Bureau of Investigation suspicious and FBI summoned Anjan for interrogation. Sensing legal problems, Shamol Mahmood Anjan fled United States and entered Canada through land border, although it is not learned if he had obtained Canadian visa. Reaching in Canada, Shamol Mahmood Anjan filled application seeking political asylum.
In the asylum, Shamol declared his affiliation with the student front of Bangladesh Nationalist Party as Assistant Secretary, International Affairs of BNP’s student front Bangladesh Jatiyotabadi Chhatra Dal (Bangladesh Nationalist Student Front) and said, he and his family members, including his father Abdur Rashid were facing numerous forms of cruelties and repressive acts by the Awami League members and activists. He even went further stating, Awami League activists made attempt of assassinating his father, Abdur Rashid.
It may be mentioned here that, BNP’s student front cadre Shamol Mahmood Anjan entered Canada by illegally crossing US-Canada border. On reaching in Canada, he was also involved in cross-border drug trafficking.
But, Shamol’s asylum petition was rejected by the Canadian immigration authorities due to his criminal records in Bangladesh. Moreover, sitting in Canada, Shamol Mahmood Anjan was running notorious propaganda against Awami League and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also was involved in blackmailing females by making them victims of his romantic trap. This newspaper has obtained several photographs of Shamol Mahmood Anjan with various females in compromised situation.
Shamol’s mother Shahana Rashid Sanu, an antigovernment propagandist
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.
Allegations of money laundering and terror finance against Shahana Rashid Sanu
Shahana Rashid Sanu is accused of money laundering since 2019. She has been laundering huge amount of money to Malaysia. It is alleged that Shahana is a notorious terror-funder. Bangladesh Bank already has initiated investigating the allegation of money laundering of Shahana.
It may be mentioned here that, Bangladesh Bank has always been extremely active and prompt in investigating cases of money laundering, whether it is found by its own team or brought into its attention by others. But, Bangladesh Bank’s efficiency in combating money laundering has reached into a different height following the joining of Fazle Kabir as its governor.
According to BLiTZ reporter, since 2019, Shahana Rashid Sanu has been sending hundreds of thousands of takas to her youngest son Shamol Mahmood (Anjan) to Malaysia through illegal channels, which is a crime under Money Laundering Act of Bangladesh.
Money laundering is considered as an offence, because it has potentiality of devastating economic, security, and social consequences. It is an avenue for drug dealers, smugglers, terrorists, illegal arms dealers, corrupt public officials, and others to operate and expand their criminal enterprises. It can also adversely affect collection of government revenue and deprives the government of due revenues.
The Government of Bangladesh promulgated the Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2002. Subsequently, in order to meet emerging international standards, subsequent amendments were made in 2008 and 2012. The main objective of the 2012 Act is to tackle the illegal money transfer to different countries. In order to exercise the powers, and perform the duties, vested in Bangladesh Bank, a separate unit named Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) has been established within Bangladesh Bank.
The Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2012 has elaborated the types of reporting agencies required to report suspected transactions to Bangladesh Bank. Reporting organizations coming within the purview of mandatory reporting include, among others, banks, financial institutions, insurers, money changers, any company or institution which remits or transfers money or money value, stock dealers and stock brokers, portfolio managers, security custodians, asset managers, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, cooperatives, real estate companies, dealers in precious metals and stones, trust companies, lawyers and accountants.
Bangladesh bank has significant powers and responsibilities in restraining and preventing the offence of Money Laundering.Allegations of money laundering and terror finance
According to media reports, Shahana Rashid Sanu is accused of laundering large amount of cash to Malaysia since 2019. She also is accused of terror finance.
Criminal records of Shamol’s elder brother Sajal Mahmud Ony
According to media report, BNP cadre Shamol Mahmood Anjan’s elder brother Sajal Mahmud Ony is a listed terrorist with a notorious criminal background. In 2012, Sajal abducted an Indian national at gun point. Later police rescued Sonjib Saha in critical condition and arrested Sajal Mahmud Ony and other culprits. According to Bangladesh Police sources, there are several criminal records of Sajal Mahmud Ony with various police stations in Dhaka. He also is known as a street-mugger, BKash cash thief, drug and arms dealer.
On March 29, 2019, Sajal Mahmud Ony married a British national named Fateha Khan Mony. According to Vatara marriage registrar (Vatara Marriage Registry Office, book number 11, page 49), Sajal Mahmud Ony and Fateha Khan Mony have declared them single in the marriage registration paper, although both were previously married. Ony’s first wife is Farzana Akhter Rima and the couple has a daughter. According to Bangladesh law, hiding marital information is a punishable crime.
It is learned, Sajal Mahmud Ony married Fateha Khan Mony with the desire of obtaining immigration in Britain. Immigration authorities in UK should take note of Sajal Mahmud Ony as he may turn into a potential threat to Britons, if he succeeds in entering the country. It may be mentioned here that, as per existing law of Bangladesh, Sajal Mahmud Ony and Fateha Khan Mony may face imprisonment and penalty for concealing information of their previous marriages. Section 495 of the 1890 Penal Code states:
Whoever commits the offence defined in the last preceding section having concealed from the person with whom the subsequent marriage is contracted, the fact of the former marriage, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.