India comes out full throttle in support of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her government’s drive against militancy, saying the PM takes “strong steps”.
Authorities issue a red alert at the airports and land ports in the country to prevent the six alleged Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) men from leaving the country.
The government has taken initiative to form a “media monitoring centre” to monitor news items published in different media, the information minister tells the parliament.
Police say they have found similarities between the murder of RU teacher Rezaul Karim Siddiquee and the killings of blogger and secular activists, pointing to the use of sharp weapons to cause heavy damage from rear. Slain professor's son sues anonymous people for the murder, which, US-based SITE Intelligence Group says, was claimed by militant group Islamic State.
American lawmaker and member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Tulsi Gabbard calls for an end to violence against religious minorities and secular activists in Bangladesh.
If law enforcers had sincerely probed the brutal killings of four bloggers and a publisher, Wednesday's murder of secular activist Nazim
A Dhaka court yesterday handed down death penalty to two people and different jail terms to six others, including the chief of banned Islamist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, for the killing of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider almost three years ago. Rajib was an activist of Shahbagh movement and used to write against Jamaat-Shibir and war criminals on different blogs under the pseudo name of Thaba Baba. He was hacked to death near his Mirpur house in the capital on February 15, 2013. The 32-year-old architect was the first secular blogger to have been killed in Bangladesh.
In the first verdict of blogger killings, a Dhaka court has handed death to two, life term jail to another, five-year jail term for Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Mufti Jashim and various jail terms to five others for killing blogger Rajib Haider in February 2013.
The question we must be asking ourselves now is what this new fear means for our literary and intellectual culture in the bigger picture. It means the demise of whatever we have achieved in the past four and a half decades since our independence.