The motive behind the publisher’s killing is not clear yet
Shahzahan Bachchu, who was gunned down by yet unidentified assailants, has been a target of extremists for quite some time, according to the police and one of his acquaintances.
Communist Party of Bangladesh’s Munshiganj unit President SM Kamal said Bachchu’s killing was a planned one.
“His name was among the list of progressive personalities that the extremists had prepared for execution,” he said, citing the family of the victim.
He was the former Munshiganj unit general secretary of CPB.
Bachchu’s wife has filed a case on Tuesday with Sirajdikhan police station accusing four unidentified persons.
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A local, who declined to be named, said Bachchu was a free thinking writer. “I cautioned him repeatedly since his name was on the extremists’ hit list but he did not pay heed,” the man said.
Munshiganj Superintendent of Police Jayedul Alam said none had been arrested over the murder yet.
The motive for the killing could not be known yet.
“His wife told us that he had received death threats. Bachchu had informed his wife about the threats about a week ago but did not divulge details,” Jayedul said. “He never sought police protection.”
Several police teams and RAB are looking into the killing.
RAB 11 company commander Nahid Hasan Jony said the RAB headquarters and RAB intelligence were working on the case but added that no progress had been made yet.
“It could be the result of an extremist attack or family feud,” he said. “We can’t say anything for sure at the moment.”
PEN Bangladesh strongly condemned the murder of Shahzahan Bachchu. A press release, published on Tuesday and signed by PEN Bangladesh’s President Syed Manzoorul Islam and Secretary General Mohammad Moheuddin, said the government to give highest priority to the investigation of the murder and bring the perpetrators to justice.
PEN Bangladesh also urged the government to take action "to promote and protect the rights of free expression of the people."
The statement also reads: “PEN Bangladesh believes that opinions and ideas can only be countered by opinions and ideas, and not by stifling thoughts.”