Bangladesh police arrest Briton over blogger murders

Police in Bangladesh arrest three more people over murder of secularist bloggers, including Briton accused of masterminding attacks

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A protest against the killing of Bangladeshi bloggers earlier this year

Security forces in Bangladesh on Tuesday arrested three more suspects, including a British citizen, over the murders of two atheist bloggers.

Police said Touhidur Rahman, 58, was allegedly the "main planner" of the murders of two prominent bloggers, Agence France-Presse reported. He was arrested along with two other "active members" of the outlawed Ansarullah Bangla Team.

"We've arrested them in the capital today. We can confirm that Rahman is a Bangladesh origin British citizen. He is the main planner of the attacks on Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das," Rapid Action Battalion spokesman Major Maksudul Alam told AFP.

Four days ago Bangladeshi police arrested two members of the banned militant group who are accused of involvement in the killing of forty-year-old Bangladeshi blogger Niloy “Neel” Chottopadhay last week.

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

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

In response to the attacks Bangladesh's government has implemented a security crackdown.

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

TRTWorld and agencies