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Sheikh Mujib’s brutal assassin hid in Bengal for 20 years as a teacher, wife had ‘no idea’

Abdul Majed lived under the alias Ahmed Ali. He went missing in February, and wife Zareena only found out the truth via newspapers after his arrest near Dhaka.

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Kolkata: On 8 April, the world came crashing down on 40-year-old Zareena. Her 73-year-old husband Ahmed Ali was arrested in Bangladesh’s Mirpur the previous day by the country’s police, and he actually turned out to be Capt. Abdul Majed, a former Bangladesh army man and one of the assassins of the country’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was executed on a long-standing death sentence on 12 April.

For more than two decades, Majed/Ali had lived in Kolkata and different districts of West Bengal as a humble, pious teacher, complete with a passport and Aadhaar card confirming his assumed identity.

Even Zareena, who had been married to him for nearly a decade, only found out that he was a most-wanted assassin through the local papers after his arrest. She had filed a ‘missing person’ complaint with the local police on 22 February, a day after he disappeared from their home in Kolkata, but once the truth was revealed to her, Zareena went into shock.

Now, she barely speaks and loses consciousness frequently, her relatives told ThePrint.

Also read: Bangladesh executes Mujib’s killer Abdul Majed and what it says about the region’s history

Silent man, would get angry when asked about past

Zareena told ThePrint that she was 31 years old when she was married to Ahmed Ali, then 64. Zareena, an illiterate woman from an impoverished family living in a village in Uluberia, around 55 km from Kolkata, was a widow with a young daughter at the time.

A neighbour brought the proposal to the family, and Zareena was married off without much probing into Ali’s past or family background.

“He always was an introverted man and never spoke much. I tried to ask him about his village and other family members many times, but he used to get angry,” she said.

“My parents married me off as the proposal came from a neighbour. We were told that he was a pious person and a teacher. I had always seen him reading namaz five times and living the life of a pious Muslim. He used to remain silent,” she said.

Nazimuddin Mallick, Zareena’s brother, said she is now suffering from a critical nerve disease. “She has been living a tragic and pathetic life. We are poor and marrying off the daughter is the family’s responsibility,” Mallick said.

“Her first husband died of a disease, leaving her alone with a child. In a couple of years, this second rishta came. We tried to find out his details, but we were told he was a teacher and earned well to keep our sister and her child happy. We only came to know about his identity on 8 April through the newspapers,” he said.

According to Mallick, after their nikaah, Zareena used to stay with Ali at his quarter at Bedford Street. He never spoke much with any of her relatives.

Also read: How Mujib killer’s hanging secures Hasina’s position in Bangladesh, ending 45-yr-old saga

Assassin’s alibi 

Sources in central security agencies told ThePrint that Majed had apparently fled Bangladesh in 1996. He later got two passports — one made in 2007, and another in 2017. Both passports and his Aadhaar card were made in his assumed name, Ahmed Ali.

The first passport now appears to be a fake document, according to sources. The residential address mentioned in it is Alimuddin Street in central Kolkata. The second passport, which the agency sources say is an original, was issued on 24 May 2017, with the residential address at Bedford Street in south Kolkata. Both passports state that his wife’s name is Saleha Begum, and his birth year 1947, according to Mallick.

Disappearance and resurfacing in Dhaka

On 21 February, Majed alias Ali left his home at Bedford Street, saying he was going to buy medicines. He never returned, and his phone remained switched off.

Zareena lodged a missing person complaint the next day with the Park Street police station. Police sources said CCTV footage revealed that four men followed Majed/Ali to the bus stop, and boarded the bus with him.

There was no trace of him between then and 7 April, when the Bangladesh authorities announced his arrest in Mirpur, near Dhaka.

When he was produced before a magistrate’s court, he said he had come to Bangladesh on 15 March by air. But no stamp was found on his passport, sources said.

Also read: Bangladesh is rising while Pakistan is sinking — praise from Modi on Mujibur birth centenary


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  1. Now we know why some political parties opposing CAA NRC . West Bengal Has been safe Heaven for many Terrorists who gets shelter and all kinds of supports from their Sympathisers/ Handlers who also organise them local ID. Needless to say that all these not possible without active help and support from authorities .

  2. It’s very sad that Indian passport and Aadhar card holder had been hanged in Dacca! Sekhar Gupta must have protested against it! He should have opposed his hanging as well! A poor teacher hanged! West Bengal government must organise protest against Bangladesh!

    But PM Haseena must be applauded for hanging of 6 assassins! It appears that rest 4 are on way to hanging soon!

  3. Now IB and RAW caught him and handed over to bangladesh to face the law. Kudos to Sheikh Hasina for her determination to execute these jihadis

  4. How easy it is for criminals and jihadi to live in india on assumed identities. Previous Communist and present Didi regimes are notorious for appeasement. We should not be surprised to see the opposition to case and nrc.

  5. We have porous borders allowing bangla criminals to enter and breed in our country. Will WB CM who openly does appeasement politics support NRC?

  6. I am sure that this assassin lived in West Bengal with either explicit or tacit approval of communist and TMC governments. Aadhaar card and passport too. Central government also has to share a part of the blame for harbouring this killer. Irresponsible conduct on the part of WB government and Central Government. This proves that NCR is an essential exercise to identify who are true Indians.

  7. “… hid in Bengal for 20 years as a teacher”. This is why Muslims are opposing CAA, NPR and NRC i.e. to protect the hiding of non-Indian citizen Muslims in India. West Bengal is at the forefront of giving illegal shelters to Muslims from Bangladesh and Mamta Banerjee is enjoying them as vote bank. Now it’s very much required that nationwide NRC is done at the earliest. If Mamta doesn’t cooperate, centre should dismiss her government and impose president rule in Bengal. Muslims protests would only further prove their treachery i.e. GADDARI.

  8. How many such criminals are living in India with passports and aadhar cards?
    This is why NRC and CAA are required. Also explains why Islamists are so against NRC and CAA!

  9. Stamp can’t be found on passport because he was kidnapped by indian agencies, handed over to hasina and executed. The end!

    • Not Kidnapped but a Brutal Political Murderer Criminal Was Caught after many years of hiding in India as Indian. Agencies apprehend these Criminals this way only!

  10. We do not how many illegals from other countries with false documents all over India. Nobody knows what kind of activities are being carried out by these illegals in Indian. It is a real National Security Threat. It is high time time that Govt detect all illegals in India & take suitable action. CAA,NRC may be implemented on high priority once Corona virus eradicated.

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