Tausif Hossain, one of the militants killed in Saturday’s Narayanganj raid, had a quite privileged background, just like some other militants so far killed in Gulshan siege, Kallyanpur raid and from the RAB’s suspect list.
“He was very quiet, polite boy and I’ve never seen him misbehaving with anyone. I’ve neither seen him hanging out with anyone nor anyone from the similar age-group ever visited him,” that’s how Nannu Miah, a caretaker of the apartment building where Tausif’s family lives in Dhaka’s upscale Dhanmondi area, describes the dead militant to the Dhaka Tribune.
Tausif, according to Nannu, had gone missing since February. Confirming the timeline. Nur-e-Azam Mia, officer-in-charge of the Dhanmondi Model police station, told the Dhaka Tribune that Tausif’s father Dr Ajmal Hossain filed a general diary (GD) with the police station on February 5, two days after his lone son had gone missing.
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During the drive, police found two binoculars, few jihadi books and other essentials at the Narayanganj house Dhaka Tribune/Collected
Connected with Gulshan, Sholakia, and Kallyanpur militants?
The Holey Artisan attackers – Nibras Islam, Rohan Imtiaz, and Meer Saameh Mubasser; Sholakia attacker Abeer Rahman; and Shazad Rouf Arko, the militant who was killed during Kallyanpur raid last month went missing around the same time.
Like Nibras Islam, one of the five young attackers who was killed after a 12-hour siege on July 2 at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area, Tausif had also attended the Kuala Lumpur campus of Australia's prestigious Monash University, the head of the Dhaka police counter-terrorism unit Monirul Islam informed reporters on Sunday morning.
Quoting Malaysian police, Reuters reported last month that at least two of the militants behind the posh eatery attack had attended Monash, although they did not name them. The militants singled out non-Muslims and foreigners in the attack, killing Italians, Japanese, an American and an Indian.
However, Tausif’s name was not quite unfamiliar to the law enforcement agencies even before the RAB list had surfaced. Back in February, one 23-year-old Ahmed Shammur Raihan, arrested by Shahbagh police in connection with a case for allegedly being involved in subversive activities, named Tausif as one of his known associates.
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Members of special police unit SWAT are seen at the site where the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks' main perpetrator Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury was found Dhaka Tribune/Mahmud Hossain Opu
Tausif’s name was included in the first information report, according to Shahabagh sub-inspector SM Raisul Islam, the investigating officer of the case, but later dropped since police could not find Tausif’s involvement in the case.
Ahmed Shammur and two other arrested along with him were later freed after receiving bail from the High Court, IO Islam confirmed the Dhaka Tribune.
The Dhaka Tribune could not get in touch with any of his family members since, according to Nannu, Tausif’s father Dr Ajmal Hossain along with a few of his family members left their apartment hurriedly at around 9pm Saturday night and had not returned since.
According to their chauffeur Sumon, Tausif had completed his O Level and A Level from Dhanmondi’s Maple Leaf International School. In 2012, he went to Malaysia.
Sumon told the Dhaka Tribune that Tausif used to visit his family at an interval of six months to one year during semester breaks and stayed for at least one month each time.
Echoing the caretaker’s portrayal of Tausif, Sumon said: “Most of the time he remained at home. No one visited him. The only time he got out when I took him to his coaching centre every afternoon. Sometimes he had gone there on his own.”
According to the chauffeur, Tausif left house for coaching centre the day he had gone missing. However, Sumon could not recall whether he dropped him there that day.
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Policemen are seen driving off in a mini truck with bodies of suspected militants Dhaka Tribune/Rajib Dhar
Dr Ajmal’s neighbour Golam Ali, who works for a construction company, told the Dhaka Tribune that they can hardly believe Tausif was involved in such activities.
According to him, Tausif was capable of keeping friendly relationship with everybody.
“Even, the day before he [Tausif] disappeared, he asked me to go with him to have a tea. But I took a rain-check since I had stuffs to do.”