Very disturbing news about the death of another outspoken writer who promoted science over religious dogma in Bangladesh. This is the FOURTH murder by fundamentalists extremists who object to the non-religious sentiment expressed by these courageous freethinkers.
Blogger and an organiser of local Gonojagoron Mancha, , was killed in Sylhet this morning in continuation of attack on free thinkers of the society.
The murder comes in persistence of the recent killings of free thinkers Avijit Roy and Oyashiqur Rahman earlier this year – which have been blamed on fanatics.
Ananta Bijoy was killed at Subid Bazar area in Sylhet city around 9:00am this morning, Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Kamrul Hasan told The Daily Star.
Four assailants intercepted him, chased him down and stabbed him indiscriminately all over, a Gonojagoron Mancha activist sought anonymity to tell our Moulvibazar correspondent.
“Ananta died on the spot,” he said. “Ananta was an organiser of local progressive publication outlet Jukti (logic) and a relentless writer on science.”
Das contributed to the Mukto Mona (“Free Thinkers”) blog which contains sections on “Science” and “Rationalism.” The blog is critical of religion but Das was mostly interested in promoting science. He was the editor of a local science magazine, Jukti (“Reason”), and wrote several books.
He was recently denied a visa to Sweden because they were concerned he was attempting to permanently leave his home country. Das has been subject to death threats by Islamic extremists.
Another writer, Ahmed Rajib Haider, was killed in the same way in 2013.
Cowards will not argue logic and reason but will barbarically silence the voices instead. We can not comprehend the value of free speech until we see incidents like this.