BENGALURU/KOLKATA: A man arrested by the Kolkata Police Special Task Force in Bengaluru in a counterfeit money case is suspected to be fugitive Bangladeshi terrorist Faisal Ahmed, convicted in absentia last March of orchestrating the murder in 2015 from a science blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in this country.
A senior Kolkata official said police were seeking information from several security agencies on the arrested man, who lived and worked in Bangalore as Saheb Mazumdar alias Shahid Mazumdar. Bangalore Police assisted the task force visiting team in raiding the suspect’s rented house in Garvebavipalya in Bommanahalli July 1.
Shahid, who carried an identity card showing his address from Cachar in Assam’s Barak Valley and a voter’s card from another state, was employed at a garment factory in Bangalore and moonlighted as a driver taxi. He rented the house from Bommanahalli in June last year, its landlord said.
“We have received inquiries from various quarters regarding the background of the accused. The focus is on verifying if he is indeed the wanted terrorist linked to a series of deadly attacks on Bangladeshi bloggers seven years ago,” a senior task force official in Kolkata said. Joint Commissioner of Police (STF) V Solomon Nesakumar said he was carrying a driving license issued in Bengaluru.
“After recording the facts of the case, the task force took him to Kolkata,” an official said. It was not immediately possible to confirm whether a request from Bangladesh led the task force to search for Shahid.
A group of masked youths in Bangladesh, including fugitive Faisal, murdered 32-year-old blogger Das, who was the secretary general of the Biggan and Juktibadi Council, near his home in Sylhet on May 12, 2015.
Faisal, then a medical student, carried out the murder after becoming involved with the al-Qaida shadow team Ansarullah Bangla Team, Bangladeshi media reported.