A sacked Bangladeshi military officer’s name has once again come under the radars of ant-terrorism and anti-narcotic organizations in Sri Lanka and few other countries in the world, including India and Britain. Recently Sri Lankan Navy has arrested seven individuals and recovered 336 kg of heroin from their possession. It may be mentioned here that, few year ago, Indian intelligence agencies began investigation into a nexus between Bangladeshi sacked military officer Shahid Uddin Khan and notorious mafia don Dawood Ibrahim. The report said:
Indian intelligence agencies are probing a deep-rooted nexus involving underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and a London-based former Colonel of the Bangladesh army. The agencies suspect that the Bangladeshi army officer, allegedly involved in gun running, has links with Dawood Ibrahim’s underworld activities operating from India’s eastern borders.
What prompted the intelligence agencies to probe the nexus between Dawood and the Bangladeshi army officer was a report published in a leading British daily recently. On May 25, British newspaper The Sunday Times, in an exclusive report, revealed that a former Colonel Md Shahid Uddin Khan had been charged with funding terror groups, arms dealing and money laundering offences in Bangladesh. According to the British newspaper, the former Colonel has political links in Britain and had funded an MP.
Sources said that the former Bangladeshi Colonel migrated to London in 2009 under mysterious circumstances. He is said to have had business operations in Dubai as well as in Britain. As per the latest dossier on the Dawood Ibrahim gang, the D company is involved in smuggling Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and contraband narcotics. The illegal activities are being operated from Nepal and Bangladesh.
Although Shahid Uddin Khan’s connections with Dawood Ibrahim and his D Company has already been proved beyond doubt and it is also proved that the nexus in involved in smuggling Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), investigative reporters of Blitz have also proved Shahid Uddin Khan’s involvement in drug trafficking.
The last seizure of heroin consignment in Sri Lanka is just another evidence of Shahid Uddin Khan, Dawood Ibrahim and their jihadist cohort’s dependence of drug trafficking as one of the ways of generating fund for terror financing. In Bangladesh, Shahid Uddin Khan and his wife Farjana Anjum Khan are already convicted by Bangladeshi courts on specific allegations of their active involvement in funding terrorist entities such as Islamic State (ISIS). Khan, along with his family members are on run and currently living in the United Kingdom. Interpol has issued ‘Red Notice’ on these most-wanted criminals.
It was also reported in the media that Shahid Uddin Khan had funded jihadist attacks in Sri Lanka. Media reports said, 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.
Shahid Uddin Khan (Army No: BA002428, Course: 8-BMA, Commission Date: 10-06-1983) and his wife and daughters entered Britain with millions of dirty cash.
According to credible sources, in 2009, Shahid Uddin Khan invested millions of pounds in the United Kingdom in exchange of obtaining immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702. The family had laundered an unknown amount of money and brought that into the United Kingdom via United Arab Emirates and few more countries, while Shahid Uddin Khan had invested over 18 million pounds for buying citizenship under Britain’s scandalous ‘Golden Visa’ scheme.
The latest seizure of heroin in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested seven individuals and recovered 336 kg of heroin from their possession. All of them are Pakistani nationals who were using a multi-day fishing trawler for transporting drug consignments to other vessels. The stock of heroin recovered in an exhaustive operation after three weeks of surveillance and information sharing between intelligence agencies and the Sri Lankan Navy has a whopping street value of US$42 million. While the authorities are investigating the case, they also are trying to identify the kingpins behind such massive drug trafficking.
Several years ago, after an extensive investigation spanning eight years, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) apprehended a Pakistani drug gang that was operating in the West Midlands region of England. The gang of seven men, led by Ameran Zeb Khan, was involved in importing heroin from Pakistan. They were sentenced to 139 years in prison by the Birmingham Crown Court in 2017. The NCA again caught a four-member group in the UK in 2019; they were later convicted of smuggling heroin worth £1.2 million (US$1.6 million) into the country. The three men in the group, Sultan Mahmood Butt, Rizwan Ahmed, and Nibeel Saghir, were relatives from Pakistan who were assisted by a British woman.