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

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

A YouTube-based illegal entity named ‘Nagorik TV’ has emerged into extortion machine of a band of criminals including convicted fugitive and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)’s mini-boss Tarique Rahman. According to credible source, sitting in the United Kingdom, Tarique Rahman has established a huge gang of extortionists, terrorists, criminals and terror-funders. Amongst them, there are several sacked military officers, who already are declared persona non grata in garrison areas in Bangladesh. One of these culprits named Shahid Uddin Khan is in the wanted list of INTERPOL. For the past several years, these criminal rackets are running outrageously false propaganda against the ruling Awami League government, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and several respected individuals of the country, as well as Bangladesh’s judiciary, intelligence agencies and businessmen. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and several key members of the Awami League government have already expressed annoyance against the band of anti-Bangladesh propagandists.

This correspondent has already obtained specific allegations against Nagorik TV as those involved with this illegal TV channel of blackmailing a leading business conglomerate with the evil desire of extorting sixty million takas.

According to the information Nazmus Saquib and Tito Rahman of Nagorik TV demanded sixty million takas from a 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 local business conglomerate for making payment of demanded extortion amount. It 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.

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. Tarique Rahman plays the role of godfather of Nagorik TV from behind the scene.

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.

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.

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.

To be continued …

Next Instalment: Ex-military officers maintain regular contacts with extortionist Nagorik TV

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Tajul Islam is a Special Correspondent of Blitz.

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