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Four sentenced to death for blogger Ananta Bijoy murder

Ananta was hacked to death by militants in broad daylight in Sylhet in 2015

Update : 30 Mar 2022, 05:02 PM

A special tribunal in Sylhet has sentenced four people to death for the murder of blogger and science writer Ananta Bijoy Das.

Judge Nurul Amin of the Sylhet Anti-Terrorism Tribunal announced the verdict on Wednesday.

The convicts—Abul Hossain, 25, Faisal Ahmed, 27, Harun Or Rashid, 25, and Abul Khair Rashid Ahmed, 24—were also fined Tk20,000 each.

Of the four, only Rashid is in jail. The others were tried in absentia.

The court acquitted accused Shafiur Rahman Farabi, 30, as the prosecution had been unable to prove the charges against him.

Another accused, AB Mannan Yahya aka Ibn Moin, was acquitted as he died in prison in 2019 while on trial.

Expressing satisfaction at the verdict, Ratneshwar Das, Ananta’s brother and the plaintiff, said his whole family would be happier once the verdict was implemented.

Ananta Bijoy Das, a writer linked to the Mukto-Mona website, was hacked to death by militants in broad daylight in Sylhet on May 12, 2015.

Ananta’s elder brother Ratneshwar filed the murder case the same day. The case was later transferred to the CID.

Al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Islam—previously Ansarullah Bangla Team—later claimed responsibility for the murder.

Ananta’s killing followed two such murders in Dhaka that year—blogger Avijit Roy was hacked to death on February 26 and Washiqur Rahman was killed on March 30. Later that same year, on August 7, Niloy Neel, known for blogging about his atheistic views, was hacked to death by a gang armed with machetes, also in the capital.

On February 16 last year, five members of Ansar al-Islam were sentenced to death while another was given lifetime imprisonment for the murder of Avijit.

The murder cases of Washiqur and Niloy have yet to be disposed of.

Our Sylhet correspondent Md Serajul Islam contributed to this report

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