Sacked Army Major turned terrorist Syed Ziaul Haq mastermind behind journalist murder

November 1, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Sacked Army Major turned terrorist Syed Ziaul Haq mastermind behind journalist murder: Brainwave ScienceSITUATION

After a three-year intensive investigation, Bangladesh Police is eventually set to press charges against eight suspects, including sacked and fugitive Bangladesh army major Syed Ziaul Haq as the key accused, in the murder of a recognized progressive publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.

According to a spokesperson of police’s detective branch, “Dismissed and fugitive major Syed Ziaul Haq appeared to be the mastermind of the assassination of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan in our investigation.” The terrorists murdered 43-year-old Dipan in his office in central Dhaka’s Shahbagh area in 2015, months after they killed atheist Avijit Roy, the first victim in a wave of violence against secular writers, religious minorities and foreigners in Bangladesh.

All the suspects are members of banned militant organization Ansar Al Islam, also recognized as Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), said Monirul Islam, chief of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC). He also informed that six of the eight suspects have already been arrested under several criminal charges including the murder of Dipan. Army major and another assailant Akram Hossein alias Hasib are still on the run.  Bangladesh government had previously announced a bounty of 20 lakh Takas for Zia’s capture, but law enforcement still lacks significant information about his whereabouts.

CTTC personnel came to know about army major Zia’s involvement in the murder after the arrest of killing squad leader Moinul Hasan Shamim, who confessed and confirmed Zia’s involvement in the Dipan’s murder in court. Monirul said the hunt to locate Zia and Hasib is still ongoing.

According to investigators, Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) is considered as the Bangladesh branch of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) which carried out several planned attacks on secular writers, bloggers, publishers, freethinkers and LGBT rights activist between 2013 and 2016.


Bangladesh, the fourth largest Muslim state in the world, is considered as an Emerging Centre for Terrorism in South Asia. Despite the alleged presence of a transnational group such as  ISIS and AQIS, Bangladesh certainly has several homegrown terrorist groups to worry about, such as the JMB: ISIS affiliated and the ABT: linked with Al-Qaeda, who continues using the Internet and social networking forums to spread their radical ideologies and recruit new members online, especially luring university students to its fold in Bangladesh and neighboring countries.

The emergence of groups like ABT illustrates that a modern generation of violent extremists is emerging, and the law enforcement agencies fail to dispose them. The ultimate goal of all homegrown terrorist groups in Bangladesh has been to take control of government through an armed jihad and implement Sharia rule. To implement this goal, terrorist organizations have been targeting secular writers, bloggers, publishers, freethinkers, law enforcement personnel and government officials.

The occurrence of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh has been quite frequent and the matter-of-fact threat still persists despite a zero-tolerance policy of the government and the biggest challenge behind this failure is the incapability of law enforcement agencies to arrest or locate the mastermind despite the arrest of foot soldiers. Leaders of extremist groups can recruit new young followers to their associations and threat continues.


Masterminds like army major Syed Ziaul Haq, who knows the country’s strategies are hard to locate due to the acquired military knowledge and loyalty of foot soldiers. Existing conventional investigative tools cannot disclose what critical information foot soldiers are trying to conceal from the investigator. But now, counter-terrorism forces around the globe can take advantage of an advanced, modern forensic technology that is safe, virtually unbeatable, impeccably accurate, respect human rights and above all reveal the critical information a terrorist is trying to conceal with over 99% accuracy within an hour. Before a mastermind could act again, the advanced iCognative technology developed by Brainwave Science could provide the most authentic, accurate and tenable solution to crush terrorism and locate the mastermind and other potential terrorists in the region.

iCognative is a one-of-a-kind technology available in the security market that can detect the presence or absence of information that is characteristic of terrorist or sympathizers. This technology recognizes the vital difference between the terrorist and an innocent is the recognition of specific crime-related information stored in their brain. The confidential information would only be present in the terrorist’s brain. iCognative can provide accurate intelligence and leads to support law enforcement agencies to investigate whereabouts of masterminds, future terrorist plans, financial details etc., with over 99% accuracy tapping into the source of all human actions and planning- the brain. The technology is so reliable and efficient it would provide the same results every time the test is conducted on the same terrorist, the accuracy and consistency that no other existing investigative solution can offer.

A 45-minutes iCognative test when utilized by CTTC and Bangladesh law enforcement agencies on the arrested ATB members would speedily deliver vital and accurate intelligence to find missing links and other important information related to the location of Syed Haq and another suspect. The assigned investigator uploads all case-related information including confidential crime-related information known only to the perpetrator into the iCognative system to conduct a test on arrested terrorist. Investigation details discovered during the three years investigation such as: time and date of murder, picture of the victim, method of murder, number of terrorists involved, location of the hideout, any known information about Syed Haq, identification of Haq’s close associates, last known location of Haq, identification of any known or unknown terrorist or sympathizers, financial details, etc., can be utilized as Stimuli to conduct this test on arrested six operatives of ABT. The iCognative system records and analyzes the brain responses of the suspect and determines with over 99% accuracy if the information under question is present or absent in the brain of the terrorist and further provides vital intelligence to support law enforcement agencies to investigate in the right direction at the right time and arrest Syed Haq and other suspects without any further delay.

iCognative by Brainwave Science is unmatched to any other existing security solution as it provides the necessary key to crush terrorism without any necessity of physical evidence within a short time frame. No matter how powerful or smart a mastermind is, and it seems impossible to locate them, iCognative is the best approach for law enforcement to expeditiously locate every single mastermind of known or unknown terrorist organization, crush them before they cause any more harm to the society and the nation.

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