Bangladeshi citizen Golam Rabbani, who was deported by Malaysian immigration police for his alleged links with militancy earlier this year, remains traceless since July 19.
Rabbani along with his family, went to Malaysia last year. Malaysian officials later told Rabbani’s family that Bangladesh authorities had asked for his deportation.
An official at the Police Headquarters, seeking anonymity, confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune that Rabbani was deported earlier this year from Malaysia. He could not say whether any agency picked him up from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Two other Bangladeshis who were deported from the country are now in police custody.
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However, Noor-E-Azam, officer-in-charge of Airport police station, said he was not aware of any such deportation.
No one had filed a general diary or a case about Rabbani going missing, he added.
Meanwhile, Nazia Ferdousi, wife of Golam Rabbani, who is still in Malaysia with her three children, claimed she had last talked to Rabbani over phone on July 19, according to family members of Rabbani.
Rabbani called her from the cell phone of a co-passenger on a Malindo Air flight around 10:00pm Malaysian time (8:00pm Bangladesh time), minutes before the plane took off, the family members noted.
Rabbani’s elder sister Nigar Sultana also talked to her brother over phone on that night when he said that he was coming back, they added.
But Rabbani neither reached his Bogra home, nor made any further contact with his wife.
The Malaysian authorities told his wife that Bangladesh police had some information about his militancy connection.
Before going to Malaysia, Rabbani used to run a coaching centre for school students in Bogra town. He was also a honours student of the political science department at Government Azizul Haque College.
Including Rabbani, three suspected Bangladeshi terrorists have been detained in Malaysia this year, Malaysia Police Chief Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement on Friday, reports The Star online.
All three had been shown as being affiliated with Daesh or Islamic State (IS), the police chief said.
The two other suspects are Redwanul Azad Rana, a condemned convict in the blogger Rajib Haider murder case, and his associate Md Ashraful. They were arrested from Uttara area in the capital by Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit in February.
Former North South University student Rana fled Bangladesh before the trial and was convicted in absentia.
Briefing media after the arrest of the duo, CTTC Chief and DMP's Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam said Rana, an organiser of militant outfit Ansar Al Islam, formerly known as Ansarullah Bangla Team, was a mastermind of the Rajib murder. Rana was also known as 'big brother'.
Rana was first identified as an accused in the murder case in 2013. He fled to Malaysia the next year. Though he hails from Feni, he made a fake passport with an address in Gazipur.
Rana left the country on a student visa as his real passport was flagged earlier.
The CTTC stayed in touch with the Malaysian intelligence. They where informed when Rana and his associate Ashraf were deported in February.
On their arrival at Shahjalal International Airport, the duo were followed by a team of the CTTC. They were arrested them from Uttara area of Dhaka the same day.
Both Rana and Ashraf were attempting to go to Syria. However, after their attempt failed, they turned their sights towards getting training from Abu Sayyaf, a violent militant group based in the Phillipines, the CTTC chief mentioned.
He further said that Rana may have been involved in a number of militant attacks while there are evidence linking him to at least three till 2015. Subsequently, Rana may have dialed back his involvement with Ansarullah as he sought to join IS.