Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
According to media reports, a fugitive sacked officer of Bangladesh Armed Forced, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family had established business relations with notorious terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. Back in 2011, Khans have invested approximately US$ 10 million in arms and drug trade under the trans-national crime racket of D-Company. Khans also are actively participating in Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI)’s secret venture of selling counterfeit Indian currency notes.
Immigration records show, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum, daughters Shehtaz Murashi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan and Khan’s girlfriend Julia are regularly visiting United Arab Emirates to meet Dawood Ibrahim’s men as well as contacts of Pakistani spy agency. Md. Shahid Uddin Khan falsely introduces Julia as his ‘adopted daughter’. But, according to information, Julia was connected with Muslim Brotherhood through her previous husband. Julia also has contacts mega-terrorist outfit Hamas.
Md. Shahid Uddin Khan (Army No: BA002428, Course: 8-BMA, Commission Date: 10-06-1983), who along with his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters had smuggled out millions of dollars from Bangladesh and invested in various business ventures in United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.
In 2009, he invested two million pounds in the United Kingdom in exchange of obtaining immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702. Later the family had laundered an unknown amount of money and brought that into the United Kingdom.
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.
According to media reports, four months before the Sri Lanka attacks, ISIS funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan had sent large amount of money to his Colombo-based jihadist contact via Dubai. Khan has been living in the United Kingdom for last few years along with his family. Sitting in Britain, Khans are continuing various forms of jihadist activities. Recently he has established an organization named ‘Astha’ which aims at unseating democratically elected governments in the world and replace those with Caliphate. By now, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan already has expanded his activities in Sweden and the United States through two of his recruits.
In January this year, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan used illegal channel in transferring an amount equivalent to ninety-two thousand dollars. This amount went from Dubai to Colombo.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz. Follow him on Twitter at @Salah_Shoaib