Sacked Maj Zia is a name which is discussed many times, but still a mysterious figure in Bangladesh. He is the main planner of lots of killings of bloggers, writers and activists of freedom of expression. I have written few articles on him and said about his plans. But I think, its the time when we need to find more about him to know who he is which will eventually help everyone to track him down. And the reason I want to do it, because its very important we find this guy to avoid any future killings. So I will write create a series of article on this topic so that anyone intersted to find him may get these available or finds it helpful.
As the first of the lot, I will try to discuss about who he is and who he was. In short, he is a criminal and was a criminal in making since he was young. But don't be foolish to consider him as just a sacked Major from Bangaldesh Army. I will not use Major before him name in any of my future articles, because he is not entitled to it. He was sacked and he is nothing but a terrrorist. He is not entitled to be named as Major. However, at first, we need to learn more about who he is and about his past; then we can build on it to predict what he is thinking about future.
From publicly available resources, his parents were living in Saudi Arabia and he was staying by himself in Bangladesh since he was young. He studied in Sylhet cadet college. Now what I am gonig to tell you, that is nearly impossible to find in public domain. Sylhet Cadet colleage is run by Army with a focus to train young people to achieve a standard to join the Bangladesh Army in future. Now, not everyone joins Army, but a higher standard is achieved. Everyone in Bangladesh knows about the educational excellences by cadet colleges, and I don't want to repeat that. Problem is, this Zia we are talking about achived a place in education board merit list, that proves that he is not an idiot. He is very talented and intelligent at the young age. Not only that he was prefect at house level, that means for those who are not familiar with this prefectship, he was kind of selected leader for a group of cadets living in the same house. From that you can derive that he was not an ordinary person even within those selected students studying in that cadet colleage.
Now, he definitely had influence from his parents, like others in the country, about religion and he was engage with his belief promoted by his parents. Most of the people in Bangladesh are like that and I don't find any harmful in that because not everyone in Bangladesh is a terrorist. But If you think about the line when a boy like him crosses that line, that is very important to understand; and the main question is why and how? He already had influence from his parents living in a country who are fundamentalist and very aggressive about thier religious views. Whilst he was away from his parents, he had lack of supervision which I believe, led him to mix with people who encouranged him to be more aggressive towards his religious views. At some point, he started motivating other students within Sylhet Cadet College like the way currently both local and international terrorist organisaions recruit terrorists. They potray good and very helpful selfless character and brain wash others to attract them towards their views.
It was very easy for him as well, because other most of the students are like him who are already motivated by their family and relatives about religion. He did not have to work hard for this. Someone should have press the alarm at that point very hard, because at that point he was a terrorist in making. Probably he did not even realize what he was doing. He was probably thinking he is serving his so called god. Most of the cases, terrorists think like that they are doing a great(!) job for their religion. Cadet college environment is very restricted and its very hard to get access to by other people or organisation. I would say that it was a failure from the administrators at that time. I am not going to give any responsibility to teachers, because I know, they are already helpless and frustrated people working there. But I will hold them responsible for not to raise the alerm about his activities to the convern authority.
There are lot to cover on this, keep an eye for the next article about Finding Zia.