DHAKA: Bangladesh has been witnessing several deaths of people, particularly writers. In fourth such incident this year, Bangladesh blogger Niloy Neel was stabbed and killed by unidentified assailants in his home in the capital Dhaka on Friday.
An activist of the Ganajagran Mancha, a stage demanding capital punishment for those accused of war crimes during the 1971 conflict that led to the emergence of Bangladesh, Neel was stabbed to death by five assailants who entered his flat after the Friday prayers and killed him.
According to Police official Mustafizur Rahman, 40-year-old Niloy who lived with his family was murdered in his flat on the fourth floor of a building in North Gorhan area at 1:45PM.
As informed by Imran H Sarker, Spokesperson of Ganajagaran Mancha, Niloy was an activist of the platform. “Niloy was also a regular blogger,” he said, adding that the attackers had entered the building pretending themselves as potential tenants.
Three such incidents have happened in the past. Another blogger Ananta Bijoy Das whoa dvocated secularism was attacked and killed in May this year by four assailants in the northeastern district of Sylhet.
Before that, US based blogger Avijit Roy was also hacked to death in February while he was returning with his wife from a Dhaka book fair. His widow, Rafida Bonya Ahmed, suffered head injuries and lost a finger. (Also Read: Writer and Blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death in Dhaka)
Another secular blogger Washiqur Rahman who aired his anger over Roy’s death on social media was killed in a similar way in March on a bust street of Dhaka.
Other bloggers who have been mercilessly killed had a common trait. They were critical about religious extremism and expressed their views freely in the Muslim-majority country.
In recent years, the religious militants have targeted the secular writers in Bangladesh even though the government has tried to trap these extremist groups seeking to make the country a Shariah-based state.