HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dhaka| Updated: Aug 07, 2015
Blogger Niloy Neel was hacked to death in Dhaka. (Photo courtesy-
Niloy Neel’s Facebook page)
Unidentified assailants entered an apartment building and hacked a
40-year-old blogger to death in Bangladesh’s capital on Friday, police
and friends said.
Niloy Chowdhury who ran his Facebook page as Niloy Neel was found dead
after at least five assailants posing as potential tenants looking for
accommodation entered the house in Dhaka’s Gotan area and killed him,
said officier-in-charge of Khilgaon Police Station, Mustafizur Rahman.
The motive behind the killing was not immediately clear.
Chowdhury was known to his friends as a secular blogger. His friends
say it was unbelievable that he was targeted.
The killing on Friday was the fourth this year after a
Bangladeshi-American blogger was hacked to death in February in a
deadly attack on the Dhaka University campus.
One month later another blogger, Oyeshiqur Rahman, who used to write
about secularism was attacked in Dhaka. In May, blogger Ananta Bijoy
Das was killed in northeastern city of Sylhet.
Investigators say all the killings were related to blogging
criticizing radical Islam.
Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent and a relatively unknown group
Ansar Bangla 7 claimed the responsibility for the previous attacks.
No group has claimed responsibility for Chowdhury’s murder yet.
Imran H Sarker, leader of a secular group that campaigns for capital
punishment for war criminals, involving the country’s independence war
in 1971, said Chowdhury was an active member of his group “Gana
Jagaran Manch”. The platform is vocal for banning Banladesh’s largest
Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, which had campaigned against
Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan in 1971.
In his Facebook post, Chowdhury criticized radical Islam.
After the news of his murder spread, one of his friends wrote on
Chowdhury’s Facebook timeline that “You won’t be forgotten”. Another
wrote: “Dada (brother), I can’t believe, you are no more.”
Free thinkers targeted repeatedly