Teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday formed a human chain on the campus protesting the recent murder of Avijit Roy, founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site.
They also demanded exemplary punishment to the killers.
Unidentified assailants killed Avijit, 42, and badly wounded his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya on the Dhaka University campus when the couple came out of the Ekushey book fair on Thursday last.
Under the banner of “JU Family”, more than one hundred teachers and students from different departments and institutes took part in the event on Shaheed Minar premises on JU campus around 11am. Several cultural and political organisations also expressed solidarity with the programme.
Former JU pro-vice chancellor Prof Dr Afsar Ahmad, former JUTA president Prof Dr AA Mamun, history department teachers Prof Dr ATM Atikur Rahman and Golam Rabbani; Government and Politics department teacher Prof Noim Sultan, English department teacher Prof Ahmed Reza, Philosophy department teachers Prof ASM Anwarullah Bhuiya and Raihan Rhyne, among others, attended the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Afsar, also a teacher of drama and dramatics department, said it is difficult to accept such death of science writer Avijit when a pro-liberation war government is power.
Prof ATM Atikur said: “Avijit was working to bring an effective change in the society through logic, intellectuality and talent.”
“Whoever committed the incident, the government cannot ignore the responsibility,” he said.
Philosophy department teacher associate professor Raihan Rhyne said the killers might have dared commit such crime as justice has not been ensured in the previous incidence of such killing.
Prof Golam Rabbani said the killers managed to flee the spot as nearby policemen remained inactive.
The leaders and activists of JU unit Chhatra Union, Chhatra Front, JU Debate Organization (JUDO), Jahangirnagar Theatre, JU Debating Society (JUDS) also attended programme.