- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Secular blogger and war crimes trial campaigner Niladri Chatterjee was hacked to death by four unidentified assailants at his Goran residence in Dhaka yesterday.
Also known as Niloy Neel on blogging platforms and Facebook, the youth aged around 30 was killed with machetes around 1:30pm.
After twice being given the run around by policemen at two separate police stations who refused to take down his general diary, Niladri Chatterjee, who feared for his safety, was instead told by a police officer to “leave the country as soon as possible.”
While the radical Islamic groups continue hacking one blogger to death after another, the law enforcers have yet to make any significant progress in solving the cases, not being able to trace the killers or the masterminds behind the killings.
The latest murder in the series took place yesterday, when secular blogger Niladri Chatterjee, also known as Niloy Neel, was killed at his Goran residence in the capital by some unidentified assailants.
Today marks the 85th birth anniversary of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On this day in 1930, she was born in a respectable Muslim family at Tungipara village of then Gopalganj sub-division in Faridpur district.
Awami League senior leader Suranjit Sengupta yesterday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take necessary steps over the allegation of grabbing of minority communities’ land by some ministers, whips MPs.
“Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council brought allegations against some ministers, whips MPs that they are grabbing land of minority communities. It is very mush unfortunate that they are involved in land grabbing” he said.
Radical Islamists have killed two secularist activists beyond their so-called hit list of 84 bloggers branded as atheists and anti-Islam since the Shahbagh movement had commenced in 2013.
The latest victims – Niloy Chatterjee and activist Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, killed on March 30 – were not on the list submitted to the government by Islamist leaders in late February 2013.
The war crimes trial activists of Gonojagoron Moncho, rights bodies and different political parties have protested the killing of blogger Niladri Chatterjee, also known as Niloy Neel.
Moncho activists gathered in front of the National Museum in Shahbagh following Niloy’s murder yesterday afternoon. From the procession, they demanded speedy process for finding out the killers.
The activists also criticised the government for its failure to find out the killers of the bloggers killed in the last few months and demanded early follow up of those cases.
Niladri Chatterjee, 28, son of Tarapod Chatterjee, was from Pirojpur district. He has gone by the name Niloy Chowdhury since renting a fourth floor flat at House 167 in Goran in the capital’s Khilgaon area.
Niloy moved into the flat two years ago, after marrying wife Ashamoni, 32. It is at this address that he was hacked to death yesterday.
Sector Commanders Forum urged the government not to assist in organising funeral and burial ceremonies of convicted war criminals in the country.
They also demanded that the government setup seven more war crimes tribunals for the seven divisions in the country immediately in order to accelerate the process of war crimes trial.
The demands were made at a round-table discussion organised by Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) held yesterday afternoon at the National Press Club in the capital.
Women in urban slums who viewed community health workers as part of their social support network are more likely to adopt healthy maternal and child healthcare practices, says a new ICDDRB research.
It reveals that social networks are powerful tools to help improve the healthcare delivered to women and their babies.
Diplomatic correspondents yesterday held an orientation on the challenges on professional ethics and principles during violence and emergencies.
Jointly organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh, the orientation was initiated with the aim to offer support and advice to journalists in situations of violence.
After almost two years of being on the run, Hefazat-e Islam’s Senior Nayeb-e-Ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury has been arrested in connection with the explosion at a Chittagong madrasa in 2013.
Mufti Izhar, the prime accused in three cases filed in connection with the blast, was apprehended from in front of Al Jamiatul Uloom Al Islamia Madrasa in the city’s Lalkhan Bazar area yesterday afternoon.
Main political opposition the BNP has demanded that the government investigate the allegation of grabbing minority-owned land in Faridpur against LGRD Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain.
Beauty Begum, one of the accused in the brutal killing of Rakib, has confessed to her complicity in the murder of the 12-year-old who died after his former employers pumped air through his rectum.
On the second day of her three-day remand, Beauty Begum submitted her confessional statement after she was taken to the office of Khulna Magistrate Moushumi Akhtar, said Sub-Inspector Kazi Mostaque Ahmed.
Incidents of mugging and robbery have marked a sharp rise in the villages of Monohardi upazila under Narsingdi recently.
According to sources, more than 20 incidents of robbery had taken places in several villages under the upazila in last two months.
The people of the villages have to pass sleepless night in fear of attack by the robbers. More than hundreds of people including police officials got injured in fight with the robbers.
Standing crops on 29,500 hectares of land and aman seedbeds on 1,229 hectares of land have been damaged due to heavy rainfall in Chittagong.
Farmers in 10 upazilas out of 14 in the district are counting heavy losses due to the damaged caused by flood water and rain created under the impact of Cyclone ‘Komen’.
Sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Chittagong said the torrential rain and onrush of hill water, triggered by the Bay depression, have inundated the aman seedbeds and croplands.
The government issued a ban on the movement of non-mechanised vehicles, including CNG-run auto-rickshaw and auto-tempo, on 22 major highways across the country.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader presented the list of the highways at a view-exchange with journalists at Companiganj in Noakhali yesterday morning.
He said the decision was taken to stop recurrence of road accidents and restore discipline on the movement of vehicles on the highways.
A good number of roads in Barisal city were badly damaged in the recent downpour, with city corporation officials now saying that they need at least Tk80 crore to repair those.
The Met Office in Barisal said 1484.2mm rainfall had been recorded in 48 days in June and July.
The amount of rainfall was 826.7mm in 28 days in July, the highest for the month in the last nine years.
In 20 days in June, the Met Office said 657.5mm rainfall was recorded.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has agreed to be present at the ceremony to be held on the occasion of golden jubilee of Chittagong University in January next year.
She expressed the will when Chittagong University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury paid a courtesy call on her at her office on Wednesday.
According to a press release issued by CU, Professor Iftekhar gave her an overall picture of the university including its atmosphere, achievements, problems faced by students and faculty members and future plans during the visit.
Four people died and 30 were injured in separate road accidents in Munshiganj yesterday.
A Dohar-bound bus of Aram Paribahan fell into a waterbody losing its control at Batatola of Shologhar under Shreenagar upazila at about 1pm. Two people Shamvunath Barman, 35, and Ramiz Ali, 60, died after they were taken to Shologhar Health Complex. Seventeen people were injured in the accident who received treatment at Shologhar Health Complex in Shreenagar.