Bangladesh mob kills another blogger who criticized Islamic religious extremism

The Bangladesh flag. Photo courtesy Shutterstock
The Bangladesh flag. Photo courtesy Shutterstock

The Bangladesh flag. Photo courtesy Shutterstock

DHAKA (Reuters) – Attackers armed with machetes killed a blogger in Bangladesh on Friday, the fourth killing of an online critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority country in less than six months.

Niloy Chatterjee, 40, a blogger who advocated secularism, was killed in his flat in the capital, Dhaka, said police official Mustafizur Rahman.

“We are speechless. He was demanding justice for killing of other bloggers,” said Imran Sarker, head of a network of activists and bloggers.

“Who will be next for demanding justice for Niloy?”

Chatterjee, who used the pen-name Niloy Neel, was a critic of religious extremism that led to bombings in mosques and the killing of numerous civilians, Sarker said.

Chatterjee was also one of hundreds of bloggers driving a movement demanding the death penalty for Islamist leaders accused of atrocities in Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened an inquiry into war crimes in 2010.

A tribunal has since convicted several senior leaders of an Islamist party, who in 1971 opposed the breakaway of Bangladesh, then known as East Pakistan, from Pakistan, of various crimes.

They denied wrongdoing.

Militants have targeted secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years, while the government has tried to crack down on hardline Islamist groups seeking to make the South Asian nation of 160 million a sharia-based state.

In February, machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin and critic of religious militancy, Avijit Roy, and seriously injured his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Bonya Ahmed.

They were attacked in Dhaka after leaving a book fair.

On March 30, Washiqur Rahman, another secular blogger who aired his outrage over Roy’s death on social media, was killed in a similar fashion.

Another secular blogger, Ananta Bijoy Das, was attacked by machete-wielding attackers and killed in the northeastern district of Sylhet on May 12.

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  • Why? Because of the horror and terror dictated by the koran:

    To wit:

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

  • This Islamophobic, white-privileged article provides only one side of the story.

    How about an article describing how the killers are oppressed victims who felt ostracized and othered by the racist Western construct known as “secularism,” and this was their way of striking back at those who bullied them by promoting blasphemous hate speech?

    It’s Charlie Hebdo all over again: the ones who started it all are the ones portrayed as the “victim!” in the Western press.

  • The Muslim prophet must be a weakling. He silences protests rather than giving an answer of truth.
    Only pigs act in such a way.
    Perhaps Muslims should give up the farce that their religion is peaceful.

  • Ayesha,

    “hate speech”

    Excuse me?

    “MUSLIMS, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends.” (Sura 5:51)

    How dare you invoke white privilege to defend this racist, bigoted claim? How dare you screech about blasphemy?
    You are clearly the blasphemer.

    ““He who is not with me is against me…” – JESUS (Matthew 12:30)
    “Bring to me those enemies of mine who would not have me for their king and execute them in front of me” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)

    Such is the foolishness of religion.
    Everyone who complains about blasphemy is IN FACT blaspheming a different religion!

    Shame on you for not seeing the foolishness of this dangerous nonsense.

  • What the (and I mean this literally) [email protected]????

    They felt bad? And that justified WHAT? And Who murdered WHOM?

    Hard to tell who is worse. The murderers or the people who excuse the murderers. In this matter, we have Islamists murdering, and an APPARENT (you could well be a shill) Muslim justifying it.

    In Jerusalem, posters praising the murder of a 16 year old girl, and a murderous attack on five others, are appearing in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.

    Wow. Jews who forget what it is like to be the object of a murderous rage, for 2000 years, for offending superior people by existing. Jews who applaud the murder of innocents. Jews who think that violence except in self-defense– literal, not imaginary self defense– is EVER a good idea.

    Well, at least it’s not 1204 or 1517 or 1524 any more.

  • Bernardo,
    ” Because of the horror and terror dictated by the Koran: ”

    It’s good to expose those two verses, including the one Max presented below, to a world that strives to be as civilized as the times will allow.