Bengaluru/Kolkata: A man arrested by the Kolkata Police Special Task Force in Bengaluru in a counterfeit money case is suspected to be the fugitive Bangladeshi terrorist Faisal Ahmedconvicted in absentia last March of orchestrating the 2015 murder of science blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in that country.
A senior Kolkata official said police were seeking information from several security agencies on the arrested man, who lived and worked in Bangalore under the name Saheb Mazumdar. Shahid Mazumdar. Bengaluru Police assisted the visiting task force team to raid the suspect’s rented house at Garvebavipalya in Bommanahalli on 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 accused’s background. The focus is now on verifying if he is indeed the wanted terrorist linked to a series of deadly attacks on Bangladeshi bloggers seven years ago,” said a senior task force official in Kolkata. Joint Commissioner of Police (STF) V Solomon Nesakumar limited himself to saying that the suspect had documents showing him as a resident of Assam. He carried a driving license issued in Bangalore.
Bengaluru Police said their counterparts from Kolkata, led by an inspector, landed in the city on June 27 and asked for help in locating the suspect. “We tracked him down in Garvebavipalya by tracking his mobile number. We arrested the suspect and brought him to Bommanahalli Police Station on the night of July 1. After recording the facts of the case, the group 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 seek out 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, a medical student at At the time, committed the murder after becoming involved with al-Qaeda’s shadow team, Ansarullah Bangla Team, Bangladeshi media reported.