Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Following a tipoff, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police on Thursday, January 18, 2019 raided the Dhaka residence of a sacked army officer named Shahid Uddin Khan and recovered huge volume of arms, explosives, detonator, counterfeit Bangladesh currency and propaganda materials of Islamic State (ISIS). Three separate cases have been already lodged with Cantonment Police Station in this regard.
For years, the second floor of House No. 184, Road No. 2, Baridhara DOHS in Dhaka was being used as an warehouse of storing explosives, weapons and propaganda materials of ISIS by its owner Shahid Uddin Khan. It also said, Khan is one of the top funders of ISIS, who fled Bangladesh few months back along with his wife Farjana Anjum and three daughters.
Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan was sacked from the army 15 years back on specific allegation of corruption and money laundering.
Until busting of this huge ISIS warehouse in Bangladesh Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan was known as a fraud who had cheated lots of people in the country by selling properties with false documents and had smuggled-out millions of dollars to the United Kingdom and to his hidden offshore bank accounts in some other countries.
There are ongoing investigations by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) as well as other intelligence agencies about series of financial crimes as well as criminal activities of Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum, and a loyal cohort of this notorious couple – Sajjad Hussain, a self-proclaimed agent of Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). According to report published in The Eastern Herald, Sajjad is currently living in Houston, Texas in United States along with his wife and son. Sajjad has been an active agent of Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and also was one of the key accomplices of Lt Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan in coordinating with local and international network of Islamic State.
Few weeks back, based on information obtained from several credible sources, Blitz published an exclusive report titled – ‘Bangladeshi ex colonel plotting terrorist attacks’ exposing a secret conspiracy of terrorist attacks. Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan was the key planner and funder of this notoriety.
Earlier, another report also was published in Blitz about this sacked army officer.
Shahid’s wife Farjana Anjum:
According to information, Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan’s wife Farjana Anjum also is affiliated with ISIS. Sitting in Britain, this couple now is now only funding ISIS but also is recruiting members for this jihadist outfit.
Shahid’s top accomplice in United States:
In Bangladesh, Shahid Uddin Khan’s top accomplice of his fraudulent activities is a vendor of non judicial stamp named Nazrul. But the key associate of Shahid Uddin Khan is Pakistani ISI agent Sajjad Hussain. According to information, Sajjad has been regularly shuttling in between Bangladesh and United States.
Indian newspaper The Eastern Herald on January 15, 2019 published an exclusive report exposing activities of Sajjad Hussain. The newspaper said, “In Bangladesh, Sajjad Hossain was living a posh life although he does not have any valid source of earnings. His son, Asif Sajjad was a student of North South University, where he also was affiliated with militancy outfit named Hizb-Ut-Tahrir. Sajjad Hossain never hesitated in telling few of his friends in Dhaka of his connections with Pakistani espionage agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI).”
It further said, “Although he resides in Houston, Texas and still is living a posh life, this ISI handler does not have any valid source of earnings. His wife, Nahid Parveen Neeru works as a deep-covered operative of ISI under her husband’s command. It is learnt from credible sources, Nahid Parveen Neeru connects with various targets in the United States, mostly Christians, Jews and Hindus under the disguise of a sex worker and extracts information as per instruction of ISI. To the locals, this couple is seen as dubious, while many even believe Sajjad’s main source of income is from his wife profession as a sex worker.”
But, The Eastern Herald could not expose Sajjad Hussain’s connection with Islamic State.
In Bangladesh, Shahid Uddin Khan maintains a huge gang of forgers which also include several lawyers who play key role in preparing forged documents of various properties and land thus helping this notorious man in giving legal aid to several militants as well as in cheating locals by selling these properties with forged documents. Non judicial stamp vendor Nazrul Islam (mobile number 01798501227) is one of the members of this racket.
Hunt for accomplices of Shahid Uddin Khan:
Since the January 19 raid, CTTC and other intelligence agencies in Bangladesh already are looking for accomplices of Shahid Uddin Khan. Photographs of this man and his wife will be put into websites of Bangladesh Police, CTTC and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) as the couple already is amongst the ‘Most Wanted’ criminals. Bangladesh may also send requests to United Kingdom and Interpol in this regard.
Shahid-Sajjad contacting several people in Bangladesh:
Hearing the news about raid at Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan’s house in Dhaka, Shahid and his top accomplice Sajjad Hussain are contacting several people, including some senior army and police officials.
Who is Brig Gen ASM Bhuiyan?
According to investigation, a dubious write up by Brig Gen ASM Bhuiyan was found by the team of this newspaper. This write up on a blogpost was posted on March 9, 2014. In this write up, extreme derogatory remarks have been made against some patriotic and brilliant officers of the Bangladesh Armed Forces. After reading the entire text, it is clearly understood; this content might even have been created and uploaded by Shahid Uddin Khan himself. In this post, Brig Gen ASM Bhuiyan has made extremely derogatory comments about a number of senior officials of the Bangladesh Armed Forces.
Tactic of deception:
In the UK, Shahid Uddin Khan is running several businesses which were established with the dirty money he had smuggled out from Bangladesh. But this ISIS funder is trying to hide his real face from the Britons by maintaining several blogs as well as posting his self-made profile in a number of websites. One of such profiles was detected at online.anyflip.com site, where Shahid Uddin Khan proclaims himself to be an “honest” individual.
Commenting on this above site, a source inside ACC said, “We have already got lots of evidences of forgery and fraud by this ex Colonel. But, few months back, he fled Bangladesh and possibly now hiding in the UK. Investigations against him, his wife and other members of this fraud racket are underway.”
Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan smuggled out millions of dollars from Bangladesh to various countries including United Kingdom. In 2009, he invested one million Pounds in the United Kingdom in exchange of obtaining immigrant status under visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702. The investment was made in the name of Shahid’s wife Farjana Anjum.
When inquired, sources in the foreign exchange control department of the Bangladesh Bank told Blitz that Lt Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan or his wife Farjana Anjum did not take any permission from the central bank for the above mentioned transfer of UK Pound one million. It said, such illegal transfer of significant amount of money is a punishable crime under the Money Laundering Act.
It further said, “The British authorities should have checked the legality of this huge transfer of fund before granting immigration status to Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members.”
It said, “They [British authorities] always express concern about suspicious transactions through banking channels in most of the nations, while they themselves welcomed such un-declared illegal money into their own country. This is just double standard. British authorities must immediately investigate Shahid Uddin Khan, Farjana Anjum and children of this couple and remove their immigration status and send them back to Bangladesh.”
ISIS funder Shahid gets shelter in Britain:
Clearly knowing of his dubious background, British authorities not only had accepted huge sum of dirty money of Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan, but they also are giving shelter to this dangerous criminal along with his wife and three daughters. Following January 18, 2019 raid at his residence, which was used as a warehouse of ISIS, authorities in London need to immediately send this terror-linked family back to Bangladesh.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz