Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
On May 20, 2019, Detective Branch (DB) of Bangladesh Police has arrested Yasin Muhammed Abdus Samad (43) in Dhaka from in front of Gawsul Azam mosque in Mohakhali area, who is the active cohort of the founder of a radical Islamic militancy group named Jama’at al Muslimin Bangladesh (JaM). Following his arrest, DB said, pro-Al Qaeda militancy group Jama’at al Muslimin Bangladesh was formed under active participation of British-Bangladeshi Yasin Muhammed Abdus Samad. By now, this group has expanded its activities within 17 countries in the world, including the United Kingdom. The elite force also arrested Tehzib Karim, who also is a member of JaM and went to Yemen in 2010 and met militancy kingpin Anwar al Awlaki. Tehzib’s elder brother Rajib Karim took part in a jihadist attack on the British Airways. Since then, Rajib Karim has been serving 30-year’s rigorous imprisonment in Britain. On the other hand, Yasin Muhammed Abdus Samad had connections with Mufti Jashimuddin Rahmani, kingpin of a Bangladesh-based militancy group named Ansarullah Bangla Team, which had been later renamed as Ansar Al Islam.
Activities of Jama’at al Muslimin Bangladesh came under the radar of Bangladeshi law enforcing and security agencies in 2005. Jihadists were getting organized under the disguise of a non-government organization named Research Center for Unity Development (RCUD).
Jama’at al Muslimin (Society of Muslims), popularly known as Takfir wal-Hijra (Excommunication and Exodus), alternatively “excommunication and emigration” or “anathema and exile”, is a radical Sunni Islamist group led by Shukri Mustafa, which had emerged in Egypt in the 1960s as an offshoot of Muslim Brotherhood being inspired by Sayyid Qutb. The group was crushed by the Egyptian authorities after it kidnapped and murdered Muhammad al-Dhahabi, a former minister and Muslim scholar. Being crushed by the Egyptian authorities, this group once again started getting back to existence and has been expanding network in various parts of the world.
One of the key goals of JaM is ousting democratically elected governments in different parts of the world, including the Muslim nations. With this notorious plan, this group is gradually expanding network in a number of countries, including United Kingdom. In Britain, it is operating under the disguise of mosques. One such mosque is located at Northampton, where one of the attendees is none by Islamic State (ISIS) funder and convicted fraud and notorious criminal Md. Shahid Uddin Khan.
Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, along with his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan had entered United Kingdom with tons of dirty money and had even managed immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702.
On January 17, 2019, Dhaka residence of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan was raided by the members of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police.
CTTC, based on secret information, raided House No. 184, Road No. 2, Baridhara DOHS in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 17, 2019. This house is owned by Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and was allegedly used as a warehouse for arms, explosives and propaganda materials of Islamic State (ISIS). During the raid, large volume of weapons, detonator, counterfeit Bangladesh currency notes and jihadist materials of ISIS were recovered by the CTTC unit.
Following this recovery, three separate cases against ISIS-funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum, daughters and other accomplices were lodged. The cases are: Cantonment PS, Case no 10, Section-6(2)/7/11/12 of Anti Terrorism Act 2009 (amendment 2013); Cantonment PS, Case no 11, Section-25-A, Special Power Act 1974; and Cantonment PS, Case no 12, Section-19-A of Arms Act 1878.
One of the main reasons of ISIS-funder Khan’s joining hands with Jama’at al Muslimin is his ambition of ousting the democratically elected government in Bangladesh. In addition to funding ISIS, Khans also have been donating fund to the activities of Jama’at al Muslimin.