Avijit Roy, an American blogger of Bangladeshi origin, was brutally hacked to death on 27 February by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, after he allegedly received threats from Islamists. 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.
Roy suffered fatal wounds in the head and died from bleeding … after being brought to the hospital in Dhaka.
Following the mindless killing of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris, I wrote in my Post on January 8: “It’s scary to ponder over the possibility of many such extremists ready to launch assaults in the name of Allah, spread in cities and neighborhoods across the world.
Such an undefined army!…”
I never thought in my wildest dreams that such a brutal killing is waiting to happen across our border!
Roy, whose blog Mukto-Mona championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation in Bangladesh, may have been brutally killed. But can these fundamentalists undermine the power of pen?
Avijit, I salute you for you battle for free speech and religious tolerance.
Truth will prevail.
I’d like to reiterate that we’re not fighting Islam. We’re fighting these fruitcake fundamentalists; we’re fighting these swivel-eyed loons!