TO THE SECURITY and counter-terrorism agencies in Britain and Bangladesh, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and members of his family are no unknown names.
A Couple of weeks back, Interpol has already issued Red Alert on each of the members of this family for their involvement into serious types of crimes, including funding Islamic State, money laundering, business connections with Dawood Ibrahim, dealing in arms and counterfeit currency, land forgery as well as cheating several individuals and financial institutions.
In recent weeks, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters are running detrimental propaganda against Bangladesh through their social media accounts as well as blogspot and Medium with the help of another dubious man and self-proclaimed British journalist David Bergman. In that propaganda, Khan and his cohorts are making baseless claims of hands of the Bangladesh government behind the convictions [that he, his wife and two of the three daughters are facing]. They even are trying to defend their criminal acts by portraying as being “dramatic” created by the influence of the state agencies.
For the sake of exposing such notorious actions of this crime racket, it is essential for the people around the world to know the realities against lies. Few of their notorious and mischievous acts are enumerated here.
The case of Younus Ali and conviction of Shahid Uddin Khan
A land measuring 613 decimal was owned by Md. Younus Ali in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka city, under Gulshan Police Station. But on October 11, 2009, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan with the help of his accomplices Nazrul Islam and Babul Mia made a forged ‘Land Ownership Deed’ document and illegally grabbed the land. As the matter of forgery came to the knowledge of the owner of the property – Md. Younus Ali, he went to his land and started constructing perimeter fencing on the plot of land. At this stage, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan with his armed cadre gang came on the spot and prevented Mr. Younus and his men from constructing the fence. Shahid’s goons started beating the workers who were making the fence and at one stage he [Khan] even used firearms which injured one of Younus’s men named Mizan.
Md. Shahid Uddin Khan threatened Younus Ali of dire consequences if he did not step back from any legal actions against his and his gang’s forgery.
Defying Khan’s threats Younus Ali lodged a Criminal case No. 4466/09 in December 2009. Shahid Uddin Khan applied numerous tactics of delaying the trial process by engaging expensive lawyers as well as obstructing Younus Ali’s and his lawyers from appearing in the court. Shahid Uddin Khan and his men had even told the lawyers of Younus Ali that, if they ever would appear in the court, they would be murdered right inside the court premises.
Somehow, even under duress, Younus Ali continued pursuing the case. He had to take the risk because the land was very valuable, and he invested his life savings in it.
Ali used to shift his residence frequently and hide himself out of Dhaka after appearing in the Court for hearing to escape from the grudges of notorious Khan.
After about 2 years, the Judge Court with the help of CID (Criminal Investigation Department) could establish that Khan and his cohorts did forgery of the Deed of Land Registration. Court found Shahid guilty and framed charges under section 417, 467, 468, 471 and 109 of the Bangladesh Penal Code. Court also issued Arrest Warrant for producing him before the court.
To skip arrest, Shahid moved bail petition and succeeded to get bail for 6 months against bail bond submitted by his lawyer. He further lingered the case by getting 3 more subsequent bails to avoid appearance in the Court. He tried to abolish the case through coercion but failed.
On May 28, 2013, during the court proceedings Metropolitan Magistrate Md.
Asaduzzaman Nur fixed the next date of hearing on July 10, 2013 showing Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and other accused as absconders.
This time Khan went to the higher court (High Court) to get a ‘Stay Order” on the Case.
Shahid Uddin Khan did it very discretely without the knowledge of others and succeeded in getting a Stay Order from the High Court.
At that time, Shahid used to claim himself as an influential Awami League (ruling party) stalwart member having connections high-ups. He used to sell the name of Advisor to the Prime Minister as his very close person. He also used to flex his muscles by showing connections with Army’s high-ranking batch mate officers/Generals, known people in Intelligence organizations, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) etc. Shahid Uddin Khan was hosting parties in Bangladesh spending hugely, where he was inviting influential individuals and later capitalize from such connections.
During those days, Shahid Uddin Khan was maintaining a huge gang of notorious terrorists, militants and hooligans against monthly payment, who were assigned to protect Khan’s interests and support his illegal activities. None of the victims of Shahid Uddin Khan had the courage of initiating any legal action against him as people used to know, Khan was having many friends in Bangladesh Army and RAB — even the Chief of the Armed Forces was his very intimate friend.
Gradually Shahid’s misdeeds started to come in the open and the Military Intelligence was first to wake up and after investigation found evidence of various mischievous, fraudulent, criminal activities of his. Accordingly, Shahid Uddin Khan was declared Persona Non Grata (PNG) within all Cantonment areas.
After this, Shahid Uddin Khan was on the back foot. In the meantime, many more allegations started popping up against him. Many people voiced their grievances against him. Intelligence organizations, Anti Corruption Commission, Money Laundering; Counter Terrorism organizations, etc. gradually started probing into the activities of Shahid. At this point, he started spending maximum time in UK.
Getting courage, Mr. Younus again started pursuing his case and after lots of effort could ‘Vacate’ the ‘Stay Order’ imposed by the High Court and the case again got momentum in the lower court. Since Shahid Khan stopped visiting Bangladesh at all since January 2018, his efforts and influences in the court also reduced. Meanwhile the trial proceedings continued and on April 28, 2019, after nine years of lodging of the case, Md. Kaisarul Islam, 4th additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had pronounced the verdict sentencing Shahid Uddin Khan for 5 (five) year’s rigorous imprisonment.
Many more victims of Shahid Uddin Khan are now having the courage of coming forward and lodging allegations against him. There are few more criminal cases pending with various courts in Bangladesh. Of late, two more Arrest Warrants have been issued against Shahid Khan on two other different charges
Many of his ex-colleagues and known persons are bewildered after hearing all the criminal activities of Shahid Khan. Moreover, on a separate forgery case with bank, the wife and two daughters of Khan have also been sentenced for 1 year of imprisonment.
Knowing all these, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan is trying to create false excuses for getting asylum in the United Kingdom. None of the abovementioned cases or convictions has anything to do with the intervention from the State machinery as those are purely cases lodged by individuals. Shahid Uddin Khan and his cohorts are trying to invent the theory of intervention of the State machinery into such cases and convictions with the clear and ulterior motive of creating grounds for seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom thereby not returning to Bangladesh and facing the trials and convictions through legal channels.