Police have arrested Faruk Sarkar Abbasi, 48, a prominent UP chairman of Comilla’s Meghna Upazila’s Bhaorkhola union. He was arrested on Wednesday night from the East Rajabazar area of the capital.
Meghna Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abdul Majid said Abbasi was sent to jail through a Comilla court on Thursday afternoon after his arrest.
In the last UP election in 2016, Mohammad Sirajul Islam, a resident of the same village and joint convener of the Upazila Swechchhasebak League, became a candidate against Abbasi. After losing the election, Sirajul was forced to leave the area with his family due to the oppression of the Abbasid forces. He did not come to the village. Sirajul came to the village with his family last month to attend the wedding of his cousin’s daughter. On receiving this news, on the evening of 19 February, Abbasi and his forces attacked the house of Abdus Salam, the elder brother of Sirajul Islam. At that time, the people of Abbasi beat and stabbed men and women wherever they found them. Sirajul’s fianc নাe Nazma Begum was killed in the attack. Sirajul’s brother Abdus Salam was also seriously injured. Abbasi has been a fugitive ever since.
Meghna Police Station OC Abdul Majid said several teams of district police conducted a joint operation and arrested Abbasi on Wednesday after Farooq Sarkar confirmed the suspension of the Appellate Division’s bail four weeks in advance from the High Court.
According to the police, the main accused in the murder case of Nazma Begum Farooq Sarkar Abbasi, younger brother Yar Hossain and 10 others have been arrested so far.
He came to the fore in 1996 with the assassination of filmmaker Sohail Chowdhury. He was later charged with four counts of murder, including three counts of aggravated robbery. In addition, there are widespread allegations of attempted murder, assault, possession, extortion. He is Farooq Sarkar Abbasi, the current chairman of Bhaorkhola Union. Last month, Abbasi was accused of attacking an election rival’s home and killing a woman in the family. Police have not yet arrested him.
Abbasi became the chairman of the 2016 Union Parishad elections as an Awami League-backed candidate. However, local Awami League leaders and activists say Abbasi never had a position in the party. Everyone was amazed at how he got the support of Awami League in the election. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. However, local leaders and activists are also embarrassed by his actions.
He talked to many people of Bhaorkhola village about Abbasi’s activities. They said that Farooq Abbasi used to work in a tannery in Hazaribagh, Dhaka in the nineties of the last century. From there he set foot in the criminal world. Sohail Chowdhury was assassinated on December 16, 1996 at the Trump Club in Banani. Abbasi was arrested in the murder case. On July 30, 1999, the Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police filed a chargesheet in the case. Nine people, including businessman Aziz Mohammad Bhai, were named in the chargesheet. Farooq Abbasi’s name is number two. The other accused in the case are Afaqul Islam alias Bunty Islam, owner of the Trump Club, Ashish Chowdhury and top terrorists Sanjidul Islam (Emon), Adnan Siddiqui, Tariq Saeed Mamun, Selim Khan and Harun Aur Rashid alias Leather Liton. Sources involved in the investigation of the case say that Farooq Abbasi took part in the murder of Sohail Chowdhury as a ‘shooter’ through the Hazaribagh-based criminal gang. The proceedings in the Sohel Chowdhury murder case have been stayed following the High Court’s plea. The trial of the case has not started even after 23 years.
According to local sources, Abbasi was in jail for some time in the Sohail Chowdhury murder case. After being released on bail, Abbasi returned to his home village of Bhaorkhola. He formed a terrorist force in the village. After the BNP came to power in 2001, he joined the BNP. In 2003, he was elected chairman of Bhaorkhola UP for the first time. He was re-elected chairman in 2008 during the caretaker government. After the change of government, he became involved in the politics of the Awami League area. In the last election of Bhaorkhola Union in 2016, he became the chairman with the support of Awami League.
The victim was attacked back in the village
People of Bhaorkhola said that Mohammad Sirajul Islam, a resident of the same village and joint convener of the Upazila Swechchhasebak League, became a candidate against Abbasi in the last UP election in 2016. After losing the election, Sirajul was forced to leave the area with his family due to the oppression of the Abbasid forces. He did not come to the village. Sirajul came to the village with his family last month to attend the wedding of his cousin’s daughter. On receiving this news, on the evening of 19 February, Abbasi and his forces attacked the house of Abdus Salam, the elder brother of Sirajul Islam. At that time, the people of Abbasi beat and stabbed men and women wherever they found them. Sirajul’s fianc নাe Nazma Begum was killed in the attack. Sirajul’s brother Abdus Salam was also seriously injured. Abdus Salam is still undergoing treatment at the cripple hospital in Dhaka. Sirajul Islam told Prothom Alo yesterday that Abbasi is in extreme panic as he has not been arrested.
Meghna Police Station OC Abdul Majid told Prothom Alo that efforts were being made to arrest Abbasi. Nine people have been arrested so far in connection with the attack and the killings.
Earlier, he also hacked and injured his cousin Liton Abbasi as he witnessed an extortion case against Farooq Abbasi. Lytton still can’t walk properly. Liton Abbasi said that nothing happened in the murder case of Sohail Chowdhury, Farooq Abbasi became terrible in the area. He used to occupy land, extort money for building houses, extort money from girls’ marriages, extort money from businesses. He is also accused of a triple murder (three murders) in Sonargaon.
Three murder charges
According to Abbasi’s relatives, Farooq Abbasi’s younger sister Lucky Akhter got married to Mizanur Rahman, son of Sultan Haji of Sonargaon in Narayanganj in 2000. It is alleged that Abbasi killed his daughter Reena (30) and her two children Shabni (6) and Anik (5) due to a conflict with the family. The trial of the case is not over yet.
The Sonargaon representative of Prothom Alo recently spoke to the plaintiff in the case, Habibur Rahman, brother of the slain Reena. Habibur Rahman said that Abbasi and his sister Lucky took Reena and her two children from Sonargaon to Dhaka in 2003. Their bodies were later found in a dustbin in Mohammadpur area. The bodies of the two slain children also had cigarette burn marks. Habibur filed a case with Sonargaon police station alleging abduction and murder. Although Abbasi’s two brothers were arrested in that case, Farooq Abbasi was not arrested. The case is still pending in the Narayanganj Second Judge’s Court.
According to multiple sources, the plaintiff in the case Habibur Rahman has written to the court that he has no objection if Farooq Abbasi is granted bail. Abbasi then surrendered to the court and was granted bail.
However, Habibur claimed that Abbasi picked him up in a car and went to Uttara in Dhaka. Show fear in the face of weapons. He was then forced to give a written order to the court.
The Awami League is embarrassed by Abbasi’s empire
There are allegations of fish farming (fish project) against Abbasi. In 2019, local farmers blocked the Meghna-Homna regional road to protest.
No one is saying anything about the source of Abbasi’s power. Upazila Awami League president Shafiqul Alam said Faruk Abbasi was elected chairman of the boat symbol in the last UP elections. However, he is not in any position in the team. Awami League leaders and activists are embarrassed by his terrorist activities.
Meghna Upazila Chairman and Upazila Awami League General Secretary Saifullah Mia Ratan Sikder also said that they were embarrassed about Abbasi as a party. He claimed that Abbasi brought the nomination of Awami League by lying in the last election.