Minhaj Hossain, a 36-year-old private university teacher, fled to Syria in a group of international militants. He was arrested by a team of the Counter Terrorism Investigation Department from the Konabari bus stand area of Dar es Salaam around 6.30 pm on Saturday. The officials of the concerned department have given this information.
Police say Minhaj Hussein became involved in extremism and established contacts with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a Syrian-based international extremist organization. He left Dhaka for Syria in September 2020 at the invitation of the party. He stayed in Turkey for some time and then moved to Syria.
Minhaj failed to meet the HTS leaders there. After three months he returned to Dhaka. He moved from Dhaka to Khulna and tried to contact the leaders of the new JMB. Police also learned that he was able to talk to some people.
Police began searching for a private university teacher from Syria after learning that he had entered Dhaka.
Trying to contact his family to know about Minhaj, they could not find any statement.
It is known that HTS is a relatively new extremist group, its emergence in 2016. The group is playing an active role in overthrowing the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. During preliminary interrogation, Minhaj confessed to being involved in anti-state activities. He said that their aim was to establish ‘Khilafah’.
Minhaj and his associates chose Dhaka for their subversive activities.
Saiful Islam, deputy commissioner of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), told Prothom Alo that Minhaj had recently become involved in militancy.
During Corona, his contacts with the militant group increased and he left the country.
Minhaj Hossain was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Management at the International University of Business, Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT).
Although ethnically Bangladeshi, he grew up in Pakistan. According to police, Minhaj’s mother worked in Pakistan. My father lived in Malibagh, Dhaka. He later moved to the UK from Pakistan with his mother. After completing his PhD, he returned to Bangladesh in 2016.
According to the university’s website, Minhaj is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a graduate of George Mason University in the United States. His PhD is from a university in Brunei Darussalam.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Business Leadership. The number of books written by him is three.
Minhaj Hossain was a teacher in the College of Business Administration at the university. Ariful Islam, an administrative officer of the department, told Prothom Alo that Minhaj quit his job more than six months ago. He does not know what happened next.