Dhaka: Bangladesh police on Thursday claimed to have solved the murder of secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das. Police said, Mannan Rahi, a student of English department at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), has confessed of the crime and gave a confessional statement before a Sylhet court on Wednesday.
In his statement, Rahi confessed his involvement in the gruesome killing, said Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Inspector Arman Ali. Five people, including two students of SUST, hacked 33-year-old Das to death for “his write-ups”, claimed CID, quoting one of the “attackers”. “It is not possible to disclose further information at this moment for the sake of the investigation,” Daily Star quoted Rahmat Ullah, additional deputy commissioner (media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police.
Das was hacked to death in Subid Bazar area of the city on May 12. He who is among the four secular writers killed in brutal attacks this year. Apart from Das, other bloggers killed this year are Washiqur Rahman, Avijit Roy, Niloy Neel. The murders of secular bloggers sparked international outrage with the UN, the US and Britain expressing concern against shrinking space for free thought.