Five years ago, the Bangladesh Police also announced a reward for information leading to the capture or release of Ansar al-Islam leader Major (dismissed) Syed Ziaul Haq. The prize money is 20 lakh rupees.
The United States on Monday announced a 5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Syed Ziaul Haque (known as Major Zia). Then this militant leader came to the discussion anew.
On August 2, 2016, the Bangladesh Police Headquarters announced a reward of Rs 20 lakh for the capture of Major Zia, the head of the so-called military wing of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (now Ansar Al Islam) and Tamim Chowdhury, the leader of the new JMB. Police announced a reward for information leading to the capture of eight more people besides these two.
Major Zia, who fled the army and was subsequently fired, has been identified as the mastermind behind the assassination of various bloggers and publishers, including science-fiction writer Abhijit Roy. And Tamim Chowdhury, a Canadian of Bangladeshi descent, was the mastermind behind the attack on the Holy Artisan Bakery in Gulshan. Besides, he is the mastermind of almost all the attacks of the pro-IS militants in this country.
Tamim Chowdhury was killed in a police operation in Narayanganj in 2016. However, Major Zia, the leader of the al-Qaeda-linked militant group Ansar al-Islam, is still out of reach. The law enforcement agencies did not get any specific information about him. However, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters in Manikganj on Tuesday that Syed Ziaul Haque, a militant leader convicted of killing Abhijit Roy, may have given “cover” to another country. Every effort is being made to catch him.
Police announced multiple rewards for capturing 10 militants between 2014 and 2016. Two of them died in the police operation. Four people have been arrested. And four fugitives. None of those caught were caught.
Salauddin alias Salehin and Zahidul Islam alias Boma Mizan, two top leaders of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which were banned in 2014, were offered a reward of Rs 500,000 each for their capture, police said. Boma Mizan was caught in India in 2016, the country’s media reported.
An Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police told Prothom Alo that a CTTC team had gone to India to interrogate him after the bombing. He is being tried in India as one of the accused in the Khagragarh blasts in West Bengal.
Salauddin, the current top leader of the old JMB, has been reported in various local and foreign media at various times to be carrying out militant activities in India.
Police also identified six members of Ansar al-Islam as involved in the killings of writers, publishers, bloggers and gay rights activists from 2013 to 2016. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) announced a reward of Tk 16 lakh in 2016 for apprehending the six. One of them, Mukul Rana, later died in a gunfight. Three people have been arrested by the police at different times. The other two have not been caught yet. They are Selim alias Hadi and Sajjad alias Sajib.
According to CTTC sources, Selim alias Hadi Abhijit Roy was involved in the murder of the two fugitives. However, his name has been dropped from the charge sheet as his real identity could not be ascertained. Police could not find out the real identity of Sajjad alias Sajib.