The series of pro-Islam attacks continues as a blogger and writer of Bangladesh origin was chopped to death with machetes. According to members of his family, Avijit Roy had received many threats from Islamists.
The event took place on Thursday Feb. 26 in Dhaka where Avijit Roy, who was with his wife for a book fair, was attacked by two yet unknown assassins and killed.
The couple was returning from the fair on a bicycle rickshaw when they were dragged out and into the street by the two killers. Both Avijit and his wife were attacked with the machetes. His body was then found on the streets, covered in blood. He died soon after reaching the hospital. His wife was also seriously wounded.
Sirajul Islam, local police chief said that “He died as he was brought to the hospital. His wife was also seriously wounded. She has lost a finger.”
According to Doctor Sohel Ahmed “Roy suffered fatal wounds in the head and died from bleeding”.
The weapons used in the attack were found but right now there is no new information that could confirm the fact that the attack was indeed religiously-based.
Roy’s father, who is a U.S citizen, told reporters that his son had received many threats in the form of e-mails and messages on social media. Avijit is the founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog which encouraged liberal, nonreligious writing in Bangladesh, a country where 90% of the population is Muslim. His most famous work is the book entitled “Biswasher Virus” (Virus of Faith).
Islamist blogger Farabi Shafiur Rahman is now among the suspects. He allegedly threatened Avijit with death once he returned to Bangladesh. One screenshot of a Feb. 9 post has now gone viral. In the post the Islamist blogger tells a certain individual that there is no possibility of killing Avijit at that moment as he was in the U.S but once he returns to Bangladesh, chances will be much higher. Farabi had also tried to stop a site (Rokomari.com) from selling Roy’s books.
Farabi has been arrested on charges of incitement but he secured bail.
This is not the first time a writer is killed based on religious differences. Atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was also chopped to death in 2013. The same thing happened to a very popular writer, Humayun Azad, in February 2004.
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