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Key suspect arrested

Avijit Murder

Key suspect arrested

Shafiur Rahman Farabi, who had issued repeated death threats to writer-blogger Avijit Roy, was arrested by the Rab in the capital's Jatrabari area early yesterday. Known in the social media and blogsphere for his vitriolic campaigns against progressive and free-thinking bloggers, Farabi is the key suspect in the Avijit murder, the elite-crime buster said.   Avijit's father too alleged that Farabi had been threatening his son for the last one and a half years, said Rab officials. A Rab team arrested the 29-year-old around 5:30am at Jatrabari Bus Terminal when he was...

Avijit killing: Farabi on 10-day remand

Avijit killing: Farabi on 10-day remand

Shafiur Rahman Farabi, the prime suspect in the sensational murder case of writer-blogger Avijit Roy, was placed on a 10-day remand today. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Rezaul Islam of Dhaka passed the order after Fazlur Rahman, inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police, produced him before the court with a 10-day remand prayer. Farabi, who had...

Kerry asked to act on Avijit murder

Kerry asked to act on Avijit murder

A bipartisan group of six US Congressmen has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to ensure that those behind the brutal murder of American-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy is brought to justice, according to the Press Trust of India. "We must stand strong for freedom of speech and freedom of thought," said the letter signed...

FBI likely to be in Dhaka this week: Police

FBI likely to be in Dhaka this week: Police

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is likely to come to Dhaka later this week to help with the investigations of the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy, according to police. Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police made this remark while talking to reporters at his office this afternoon. Responding to Washington's offer, Dhaka has decided to seek FBI's assistance in the Avijit murder probe. Unknown assailants hacked writer-blogger Avijit Roy to death and seriously injured his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya on Dhaka University campus on Thursday night. The next day, US Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki in a statement said Washington was ready to assist the investigation into the...

Farabi admits of threats to kill Avijit: Rab

Farabi admits of threats to kill Avijit: Rab

Farabi Shafiur Rahman, the prime suspect in the sensational murder case of writer-blogger Avijit Roy, has admitted making online postings threatening to kill Avijit, according to Rab. “He (Farabi) confessed of his statements to kill Avijit, which he had made several times,” said Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan, director at Legal and Media Wing of...

Avijit Murder

Cops still clueless

Cops still clueless

The barbaric murder of Avijit Roy has brought to the fore a group called Ansar Bangla 7, which claimed responsibility for the killing on its Twitter page shortly after the attack. Law enforcers could not confirm whether the group is a new one or an incarnation of terror outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team which detectives...

Avijit’s body handed over to DMC for research

Avijit’s body handed over to DMC for research

The body of slain writer and blogger Avijit Roy was handed over to Dhaka Medical College (DMC) for medical research after people from all walks of life paid last tributes to him at Dhaka University premises today. Avijit’s father Ajay Roy handed over the body to DMC Principal Dr Ismail Khan and Anatomy Department...

Blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death

Blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death

Unidentified assailants killed writer and blogger Avijit Roy and badly wounded his wife Rafida Ahmed Banna on Dhaka University campus last night after the couple came out of the Ekushey Boi Mela. The incident happened around 8:45pm on the footpath along Suhrawardy Udyan near TSC. Two attackers hit Avijit, 42, with machetes from behind, making gaping holes in his head. They also hacked his wife when she tried to save him. Banna, 40, suffered injuries in the head and lost a finger, said Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station. The couple were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where Avijit died around 10:20pm. Banna, herself a writer and blogger, is being...

Case filed over Avijit Roy’s killing

Case filed over Avijit Roy’s killing

A case has been filed accusing anonymous assailants of the brutal killing of writer and blogger Avijit Roy last night at Dhaka University area. Victim’s father Ajay Roy, a physics teacher at the University of Dhaka, filed the lawsuit against unidentified assailants with the police station around 9:15am today, Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station told The Daily Star Online. However, he did not tell how many people were accused in the case. “Detective Branch (DB) of police have already begun their investigation to find the motive of the killing and arrest of the culprits involved," the OC added. Assailants brutally hacked blogger Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Ahmed Banna last...

24-hr ultimatum to arrest Avijit killers

24-hr ultimatum to arrest Avijit killers

Protesters today issued a 24-hour-ultimatum to the authorities to arrest the killers of blogger and writer Avijit Roy. The demand came from a rally organised by students, teachers and bloggers at TSC of the Dhaka University. They warned that the government will be held responsible if the culprits are not arrested by the timeframe. The agitators accused fundamentalist groups of the killing and slammed the law enforcement agencies for their inaction to arrest the masterminds. It was a big attack on the people’s freedom of thought, speakers told the rally. Prominent columnists, professionals and progressive people took part in the rally.  Parvez Alam, a blogger, said the government will be held responsible if it fails...

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