Avijith Roy, A respectful blogger and writer from America, of Bangladeshi origin was killed by a group of unknown assailants using machetes in Dhaka. Before being assassinated, he was warned by a group of Islamists against his writings.
Avijit Roy, the founder of a liberal secular website, Mukto-Mona.com Here, he used to write about Muslim-majority nation. His body was found fully covered with blood and his wife was also attacked, and is brutally injured.
Following this incident, thousands of locals living in Dhaka raised their voices and announced a rally in support to Avijit, chanting with “we want justice” and “raise your voice against militants”.
Roy, who was 42, is the second Bangladeshi blogger to have been murdered in two years and the fourth writer to have been attacked since 2004. This incident have left everyone in deep shock and the police, as well as the Bangladeshi Bloggers’ association is showing their support for Avijit.
Here’s what Imran Sarker, head of Bangladeshi Bloggers’ association said regarding the incident:
“The protests would continue until those responsible were apprehended0. Avijit’s killing once again proved that there is a culture of impunity in the country. The government must arrest the killers in 24 hours or face non-stop protests.”
Police Inquiry has been started and they have acquired the machetes, which were use to kill Roy. However, it isn’t confirmed yet that Islamist groups are behind it. The Center for Inquiry, a US-based charity promoting free thought, said:
“Dr Roy was a true ally, a courageous and eloquent defender of reason, science, and free expression, in a country where those values have been under heavy attack.”
Pinaki Bhattacharya, Roy ‘s partner and friend said to the media that one of the biggest and renowned publishing firms was threatened by the Islamists for selling the books Roy wrote. “In Bangladesh the easiest target is an atheist. An atheist can be attacked and murdered,” he wrote on Facebook.
Bangladesh is the world’s fourth-largest Muslim-majority nation with Muslims making up some 90 percent of the country’s 160 million people. This incident had left the whole blogosphere in a huge shock and that many active participants are showing their support towards Roy.
All I want to say to the Islamists, or whomsoever is the killer, Is raising voice and expressing feelings such a big crime?