Dhaka: A Pakistani militant named Mubasher Shahid alias Mubin alias Yayha has gone missing after being released from Dhaka Central Jail. Authorities said there is no trace of this Pakistani national, who is said to be a ‘coordinator’ of Pakistan-based terror outfit Laskhar-e-Taiba in Dhaka for last one month. According to Bangladeshi intelligence sources, the terrorist’s trail led to India’s Meghalaya border.
Mubasher was arrested twice in the capital in 2009 and 2010 and four cases were filed against him. Dhaka’s Fifth Metropolitan Special Tribunal Judge Ruhul Amin ordered his release on October 1, 2014 in two cases of peddling fake currency. Then on November 10, 2016, the same tribunal’s current judge Mohammed Zahirul Kabir let him off in two other cases under the Explosives Act and the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Mubasher’s lawyer Syeda Tahmina said that he was released from Dhaka Central Jail on November 13. But is not aware where he is now. Even the jail authorities are not aware of his whereabouts. After he was arrested from capital’s Uttara in January 2009, Mubasher was charged with peddling fake currencies. The court documents stated his permanent address as C-9 Shamsee Society, Wireless Gate, Karachi.
On April 6, 2010, the High Court granted him bail with his counsel Hashmi standing guarantee. RAB detained him the very next day from a hotel in the capital’s old part. RAB said that Mubasher was providing training to militants in Bangladesh for the last five years and he was arrested during a meeting at the hotel with several other militants, but the others managed to flee.
Police then filed three cases against him, two under the Explosives Act and Anti-Terrorism Act and the other for peddling fake currency. According to the case statement Mubasher worked as the chief coordinator of Pakistan-based Laskhar-e-Taiba in Bangladesh. His issue came into the limelight after his acquittal in all the four cases.
Allegations have surfaced that the jail authorities did not follow procedure in handing over a foreign national to the concerned embassy. Mubasher’s lawyer said that no one knows where he is now.
“The Pakistan embassy is not aware of his release,” added his lawyer Tahmina. However, prison authorities claim that due process was followed during Mubasher’s release. Senior jail Superintendent Jahangir Kabir said that Mubasher was released after receiving official documents as per standard procedure.