Vijaya Laxmi Tripura
Fifteen years back, Lt Col Shahid Uddin Khan, while on deputation at Bangladesh Riffles [now Border Guard Bangladesh] was sacked from Bangladesh Army on several allegations including actively participating in trafficking of drugs. Ever since, he joined hands with Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and has been continuing notorious activities including terror-financing. Currently this man is operating from the United Kingdom, where his wife Farzana Anjum, daughters Shehtaz Murashi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan are residing on investor category visa. The family has smuggled out millions of dollars from Bangladesh and invested in several business ventures in United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Surprisingly enough, none of these nations have raised question about the legality of the amount Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members have invested. In Bangladesh, this family was residing at House 428, Road 7, DOHS Baridhara, Dhaka and leading posh life. Members of this dubious family had used names and goodwill of several influential individuals in Bangladesh to acquire illegal fortune. Shahid Uddin was sacked from the Bangladesh Army on June 4, 2005.
Several criminal cases against Shahid Uddin Khan and members of his family are pending with various police stations and courts in Bangladesh. These include, CR case number 4466/2009, dated December 30, 2009, under section 416, 467, 471 and 109 of the Bangladesh Penal Code, which is under trial with the Court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate; Case number 10, dated January 17, 2019, under section 6 (2), 7, 11 and 12 of the Anti Terrorism Act of 2009; Case number 11, dated January 17, 2019, under section 25/A of the Special Powers Act of 1974; and Case number 12, dated January 17, 2019, under section 19/A of the Arms Act of 1878.
There are warrants of arrest against Shahid Uddin Khan in Bangladesh and he already is listed in the ‘Most Wanted’ list. But, law enforcing agencies in Bangladesh are unable to nab this notorious culprit as he has been living in Britain as a fugitive. In UK Shahid Uddin Khan has a girlfriend named Julia, whom he falsely introduces as his ‘adopted daughter’. According to information, Julia was connected with Muslim Brotherhood through her previous husband.
Business relations with Dawood Ibrahim’s racket:
According to information, Shahid Uddin Khan has invested approximately US$ 10 million in arms and drug trade under the trans-national crime racket of notorious Dawood Ibrahim. He also has active participation behind Pakistani-ISI’s secret venture of selling counterfeit Indian currency.
Plot of terror attack in Bangladesh and India:
Since February 2018, Shahid Uddin Khan has been communicating with some of the members of Pakistan-based radical Islamic militancy outfit and has been plotting terror attacks in Bangladesh and India. Shahid Khan also maintains regular contact with India’s most-wanted terrorist Paresh Baruah. Due to such connections, Shahid Uddin Khan has been providing fund to various militancy outfits.
Islamic State connection of Shahid Uddin Khan:
Based on secret information, on January 17, 2019, a team of Counter Terrorism and Trans-National Crime (CTTC) of Bangladesh Police raided the Dhaka residence of Shahid Uddin Khan at House 428, Road 7, DOHS Baridhara, Dhaka and seized arms, explosives, counterfeit currency and jihadist materials. Subsequently several cases were lodged with the Cantonment Police Station on the same day.