Bangladesh arrests suspects of 'securalist blogger' murder

Bangladeshi police arrest two alleged killers of ‘secularist blogger’

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Niloy “Neel" Chottopadhay, forty-year-old blogger killed by militants

Bangladeshi police said they arrested two members of a banned militant group on Thursday, that were allegedly involved in the killing of a blogger who advocated against religious “extremism.”

The suspects are allegedly members of an outlawed group called Ansarullah Bangla Team, and were arrested for having suspected links to the killing, according to police.

Forty-year-old Bangladeshi blogger Niloy “Neel” Chottopadhay was killed by armed attackers in his flat on Friday.

The blogger had demanded the death penalty of some Muslim leaders who he accused of committing atrocities in the country’s 1971 war of independence.

Chottopadhay was an atheist blogger with a Hindu background, the BBC reported, and he was the fourth blogger attacked and killed in Bangladesh this year.

Attacks on critics of militant activity have been a common practice in Bangladesh in recent years.

US-based blogger Avijit Roy was also hacked to death last February. A month later, another blogger, Washiqur Rahman, was killed in the capital Dhaka, following Ananta Bijoy Das who was attacked and killed last May.

As a consequence of the attacks, the country’s government has been implementing a crackdown on such activity.

In addition to their critical views against religion, they were also part of a movement that called for the prosecution and execution of the Jamaat-e-Islami party politicians, who were accused of being involved in war crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence.

TRTWorld and agencies