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Ex-military officers maintain regular contacts with extortionist Nagorik TV

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Ex-military officers maintain regular contacts with extortionist Nagorik TV

Sitting in the United States and Canada, a band of criminals led by Nazmus Saquib and Tito Rahman alias Mustafizur Rahman Tito alias Tito Rahman are continuing blackmailing and extortion through a YouTube-based illegal entity named ‘Nagorik TV’. According to a leaked telephone conversation between Nazmus Saquib and Tito Rahman with an employee of a large business conglomerate in Bangladesh, several dubious ex-military officers, including Brigadier General (Retired) Chowdhury Fazlul Bari, Lt Col (Sacked) Hasinur Rahman, Capt (Sacked) Shahidul Islam, Zulkarnain Saer Sami are maintaining regular communications with Nazmus Sakib and Tito Rahman and giving instigations of running vile propaganda against Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Awami League government and several respected individuals in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and several key members of the Awami League government have already expressed annoyance against the band of anti-Bangladesh propagandists.

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Other members of Nagorik TV are: Abdur Rashid, Rupu Alam, Najneen Nisha, M Rahman Masum, S. M. Humayun Kabir, Ashfak Reza, Johirol Islam Munna, Waki Abdullah, Nazmun Aquib, Advocate Abdur Rashid, and Tyler Taseen. Office of this illegal broadcast entity is located at 950 Ogilvy Avenue, # 08, Montréal, Québec – H3N 1P4, Canada.

One of the victims of this crime racket is the owner of country’s largest business conglomerate. According to information, Sakib-Titu nexus tried to extort US$600,000 from this businessman through blackmailing.

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Nazmus Saquib and Tito Rahman’s ‘Nagorik TV’ had earlier provided massive coverage to an INTERPOL wanted convicted fugitive named Shahid Uddin Khan. But recently the romance between ‘Nagorik TV’ and Shahid Uddin Khan deteriorated for reason unknown.

According to the information Nazmus Saquib and Titu Rahman of Nagorik TV demanded US$600,000 from the leading business conglomerate in Bangladesh through blackmailing. It is learnt, owners of Nagorik TV provided names and details of several individuals and an entity to the employee of the local business conglomerate for making payment of demanded extortion amount. The extortionist racket asked the business conglomerate to pay BDT 4 million to an individual named Mizan (mobile number 0171-4045224); BDT 2 million to ASM Shafiul Haque, Account number 1101008272001, Routing 225275357, City Bank Limited, Principal branch, Dhaka, Bangladesh; BDT 2 million to ASM Shafiqul Haque, Account number 0012100211294, Routing 250272325, Uttara Bank Limited, Foreign Exchange Branch, Dilkusha, Dhaka; and BDT 2 million to Common Hardware & Interior Solution, Account number 20506030100006204, Routing 125300522, Islami Bank BD Limited, Hospital Moor Branch, Feni, Bangladesh.

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Under the US law it is a crime to use threats or extortion to persuade someone to provide the extortionist with benefits or compel the victim to behave in a certain manner. Anyone committing such crime would face charges under the state laws once someone in the United States engages in threatening type behavior, while it is also possible that the culprits face federal criminal charges, which carried severe penalties. Blackmailing and attempt of extortion is serious issue and many defense attorneys would refuse to represent a person facing federal extortion cases. According to the US law, blackmail, sometimes referred to as extortion, is the practice of:

demanding money from someone in exchange for not reporting or keeping secret some embarrassing information about the person concerned.

Under Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 873, a more specific subset of blackmail or extortion is prohibited as a federal crime. Specifically, 18 U.S.C. § 873 punishes anyone who either demands or receives money, or any other valuable thing, under the threat. 

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In other words, extortion cases often involve someone calling a person or actually meeting them and then attempt to get that person to give some money or do something for them, or give some type of valuable consideration as part of a plot to extort them. In some cases, tape-recorded conversations are used, but there are many different angles used in order to carry out the extortion.

According to legal experts, Nazmus Saquib would certainly face charges under the US laws for his proven attempt of blackmailing and extorting US$600,000 from the owner of a large business conglomerate in Bangladesh. On the other hand, similar legal proceedings may also be drawn against Tito Rahman alias Mustafizur Rahman Tito alias Tito Rahman by the Canadian authorities. In this case, victim of the criminal gang of Saquib-Tito should bring the matter to the attention of relevant authorities in Canada.

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The experts said, once allegations of blackmailing and attempt of extortion against Nazmus Saquib and his gang is proved, he would face financial penalty, imprisonment and subsequent deportation.

It may be mentioned here that, one of the key agendas of Nagorik TV is to extort cash from various individuals in Bangladesh through blackmailing and later use such amount towards anti-government and subversive activities.

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According to mass-media circle in Bangladesh, Tito Rahman alias Mustafizur Rahman Tito alias Tito hails from Itgaon residential area in Dinajpur district in Bangladesh. He is one of the prime accused in the serial bomb blast case of August 17, 2005. Notorious jihadist outfit Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB), which later rebranded as Ansar Al Islam by becoming franchise of Al Qaeda was behind this series bomb blasts. Tito Rahman is a member of Ansar Al Islam and key accomplice of BNP’s fugitive mini-boss Tarique Rahman and kingpin of Harkatul Jihad, Maulana Abdus Salam. It may be mentioned here that, Tarique Rahman assigned Harkatul Jihad for launching grenade attack on a rally of Awami League on August 21, 2005 with the nefarious agenda of assassinating Sheikh Hasina.

According to a media note issued by the US Embassy in Bangladesh, the US authorities have announced reward of US$5 million for information on the fugitive kingpins of Ansar Al Islam.

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Tito Rahman alias Mustafizur Rahman Tito alias Tito lives in Canada as a refugee and works in a factory as laborer. He resides in an apartment allocated by the Canadian government for the workers of various industrial projects. To hide his real identity of being an active member of Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh, which is now named as Ansar Al Islam, Tito Rahman has taken the disguise of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the illegal Nagorik TV. For the past several years, a jihadist Tito Rahman has been running pro-militancy and anti-Bangladesh propaganda through YouTube and Facebook and has been promoting anti-Bangladesh and pro-militancy individuals as well as convicted criminals, including criminals wanted by INTERPOL.

Meanwhile, BLiTZ has already drawn attention of the US and Canadian authorities for using the US and Canadian soils in running serious types of criminal activities and extortion.

To be continued …

Previous instalment: Nagorik TV, extortion machine of BNP’s mini-boss Tarique Rahman

 

Next instalment: US, Canada need to investigate the case of extortionist Saquib, Tito and Nagorik TV

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Tajul Islam is a Special Correspondent of Blitz.

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