A Sylhet court has accepted the supplementary charge sheet pressed by CID against six persons for murdering blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in May 2015.
After a hearing on the supplementary charge sheet on Monday afternoon, Metropolitan Sessions Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha accepted the charge sheet and set May 23 for indictment hearing.
The six accused are Abul Hossain, 25, Faisal Ahmed, 27, Harunur Rashid, 25, Mannan Yahya, 24, Abul Khayer alias Rashid Ahmed, 24, and Shafiur Rahman Farabi, 30.
Of them, Abul Hossain, Faisal and Harun are still on the run.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police submitted the supplementary charge sheet on January 18, 2017. The investigator included the name of Farabi as an instigator and recommended discharge of 10 other suspects from the charges.
CID Inspector Arman Ali submitted the first charge sheet against five people on August 28. But the court ordered fresh investigation due to errors in the charge sheet.
The investigator recommended exempting 11 people including radical blogger Farabi, a leader of banned militant group Hizb ut-Tahrir, from the charge sheet.
Farabi was arrested for instigating the murder of Mukto-Mona blog founder and science writer Avijit Roy.
Secularist writer Ananta Bijoy Das, also an activist of Sylhet Gonojagoron Moncho, was hacked to death by a group of assailants in broad daylight at Subidbazar Bankalapara in Sylhet city on May 12, 2015.
His elder brother Ratneshwar Das 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) took credit for the murder.
Ananta was the editor of science-based Magazine Jukti.
He also received Mukto-Mona Rationalist Award in 2006. He wrote several books including Parthib, 2001 (co-authored with Saikat Chowdhury), Darwin: Ekhush Shatake Prasongikota Ebong Bhabna, Soviet Union-E Bigyan O Biplob: Lisenko Odday etc. Evolution was one of the central themes of many of his articles.