RAB-11 has arrested Zakir Khan, the accused in the murder case of Narayanganj’s top terrorist Sabbir Alam Khandkar, along with the accused in four murder cases. At this time, a foreign weapon was recovered from him. RAB-11 captain Lt. Col. Tanveer Mahmud Pasha confirmed the matter at RAB-11 office on Saturday afternoon.
The captain of RAB-11 said in the press conference that there are numerous cases against Zakir Khan, the one-time top terrorist of Narayanganj, including four murder cases.
He has served jail time in all these cases at different times. After his release from prison, he became more violent. During this time, he built a huge terrorist force and drug empire in Deobogh area of Narayanganj. At one point, Dayal Masood, another top terrorist of Deobogh area, was publicly shot dead behind Sonar Bangla Market in the city and became known as the terror of the city. After Sabbir Alam’s murder in 2003, he left the country and migrated to Thailand. At that time, when Zakir Khan was found guilty in various cases, the learned court sentenced him. Since then, Zakir Khan was staying outside the country to avoid arrest. RAB-11 started investigating top terrorist Zakir Khan as part of RAB-11’s continuous operation to arrest long-time absconders and convicted convicts. In continuation of this, in a special operation of RAB-11 in Narayanganj on Saturday morning, Zakir Khan, the top terrorist of Narayanganj and one of the accused in Sabbir’s murder case, was arrested from Bashundhara area of Bhatara police station of DMP Dhaka along with a foreign pistol.
The captain of RAB-11 also said that preliminary investigation and questioning of the accused revealed that there is a case against the accused Zakir Khan under the Special Act for Suppression of Terrorist Crimes in 1994. Zakir Khan was sentenced to 17 years in that case. Although his sentence was later reduced to eight years by the High Court, he remained on the run for nearly 21 years in the country and abroad to avoid arrest. Originally, he went into hiding when he was accused in the Sabbir Alam murder case in 2003. In his interrogation, it is also known that he was hiding in Thailand for a long time and recently he came to Bangladesh through India. Since then he was hiding his identity and living with his family in Dhaka. A raid was conducted there and he was arrested with a foreign pistol.
In response to the questions of the journalists, the captain of RAB-11 said that Zakir Khan was staying in Bangladesh with his family members using a pseudonym for about a year. He was arrested based on tip-off. When asked about the arrest of his accomplices, he said that his accomplices will be brought under the law gradually.
According to BNP sources, in 1989 Zakir Khan entered the political arena. He joined BNP in 1994 under the leadership of Kamaluddin Mridha after BNP came to power in 1991. Zakir Khan was once the president of District Chhatra Dal. Later, after getting involved in BNP politics, he gradually took on the role of a villain.
According to the statement of the case, at the end of the BNP government in 1996, Zakir Khan went to jail after being sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment in a case filed in connection with the attack and vandalism of the Khwaja supermarket in the city. In the same year, seven months after the Awami League government came to power, Zakir Khan was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment and went to jail in the second phase of a case filed for demanding extortion from a contractor in Banglabazar area of Kashipur. In 1999, Zakir Khan got the post of Zilla Chhatra Dal president after getting out of jail for a short time.
Later, after BNP came to power in 2001, Zakir Khan stayed in jail for about five months. On February 18, 2003, Sabbir Alam Khandkar, the younger brother of the then District BNP General Secretary and BRTC Chairman Taimur Alam Khandkar, was shot dead by an assailant. Taimur Alam Khandkar filed a case accusing Zakir Khan in this regard. After that, Zakir Khan left Narayanganj and moved to Thailand. Later he returned to the country secretly.