Sixty listed criminals, including war crimes convicts, who are hiding abroad, may carry out subversive acts in the country through their associates ahead of the next national election, fear security experts.
Several convicted killers of Banganbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who are staying in different countries, are also on the list published by the police headquarters.
Besides, terrors like Shahadat, Sunrato Bain and Jishan, who once were a great threat to the country’s law and order situation for their terrible criminal acts, are on the list.
Interpol (international police organisation) has served red notices against the 60 Bangladeshi criminals hiding in different countries. But none is yet to be arrested.
The fugitive terrorists are controlling various criminal activities like killing, abduction and extortion across the country through their local sidekicks, intelligence sources said.
During the period of the country’s last national polls held in January 5, 2014, these criminals unleashed a reign of terror to destablise the country.
Security experts fear that the fugitive criminals, who are among the most wanted by Bangladesh police, may become active again ahead of the next national election.
Even if a criminal is arrested in any country following Interpol order, he may not be sent back to Bangladesh for having no extradition treaty between countries concerned, experts said.
The listed terrorists also include Shahadat Hossain, Zishan, Shubroto Bain, Kala Jagangir, Prokash Kumer Biswas, Harish Ahmed, Nobi Hossain, Khandoker Tanvirul Islam Joy, Shamim Ahmed, Mollaj Masud, Nasir Uddin.
They were accused of killing eight activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League in Chittagong. Sources at the police headquarters (Interpol desk), said that Interpol issued red notices against those who are the top criminals, remaining abroad.
Shibir leaders Sajjad Hossain Khan, Kismot hashem, Ansar Nazmul, Shariful Islam, Yusuf Nayeedm, Dipu Nurul, Manju Ahmed, Hossain Mojbul and Mintu Salauddin are also on the list.
Interpol is trying to find out their location and arrest them with the help of the country concerned. Once any criminal is arrested, Bangladesh police will take move to bring them back.
Major General (retd) Abdur Rashid said, “Everyone keeps an eye on them following Interpol notices.
The runaway terrorists like Shahadat and Zishan continue to carry out various acts of crime like killing, kidnapping and toll collection through their sidekicks, detective sources said.
These criminals are also threatening plaintiffs of the cases filed against them, the sources added.
Due to their threat, there has been no progress in probe into cases filed against them and no witness dare to testify before the court against the accused.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman said, “We are trying to bring back the listed criminals with the help of the Interpol.
The listed terrorists from their hideouts are continuing to give instructions to their associates over cell phone to commit crimes, he said. Traders and owners of different export-oriented garment factories are still being held hostage by the sidekicks of these criminals.
Allegations have it that top criminals are giving instructions to their associates thanks to having blessings of different political parties and influential persons.
Recently, a detective branch submitted a report to the higher authorities about the criminal activities of the listed terrorists.
Besides, the intelligent branch gave a list of some listed criminals in Dhaka’s underworld hiding in different countries, including neighbouring West Bengal of India.
Soon after the 2001 elections, the BNP-led alliance government on 27 December, 2001 announced a list of 23 most wanted criminals but the gang members successfully eluded the police dragnet.
The government announced bounty for arrest of terrorists Kala Jahangir, Prokash Kumar Biswas, Molla Masud, Trimoti Subrata Bain, Liakat Hossain Liakat, his brother Kamrul Hasan Hannan and Amin Rasul Sagar alias Tokai Sagar.
Reward of Tk 50,000 was declared for the arrest of Khandakar Titon, Sohel alias Freedom Sohel, Khandakar Tanvirul Islam Joy, Haris Ahmed (Haris), Khorshed Alam (Rasu), Imam Hossain, Jabbar Munna, Abbas alias Killer Abbas, Kamal Pasha, Moshiur Rahman Kochi, Pichchi Helal, Mohammad Alauddin, Aga Shamim, Arman Khan and Zafar Ahmed Manik.
Those who are now in jail include Kamal Pasha, Rasu, Titon, Freedom Sohel who were arrested in 2002 and Pichchi Helal, Kochi were arrested in 2003. Pichchi Helal, however, was in jail before the announcement of the reward.
Rapid Action Battalion arrested Arman from Keraniganj. but 11 of them most wanted criminals are yet to be nabbed. Of them, all but Tokai Sagar are in hiding in Canada.
Earlier, Kolkata police reportedly arrested Haris and Joy.
Most of them often change their addresses under several fake names in Kolkata, Nadia, Dakkhin 24 Parguna, Uttar 24 Parguna and Murshidabad under the protection local influential persons, sources said.
Many top terrorists have married Indian citizens and set up there business centres, including fish farms, sources said adding they are also involved in smuggling,
Terrorists Subrata Bine, Mollah Masud, Helal, Jabbar, Munna alias killer Munna, Aga Shamim alias Mithun, Rana, Sabuj, Nasiruddin alias Kala Nasir alias Gonesh, Tanvirul Islam Joy and Shahdat Hossain are now living in India.
Organised gangsters using the names of their underworld dons are threatening different professionals, including businessmen, over telephone to pay heft amount of money as toll.