Unnamed assailants on Thursday night knifed a blogger at Pallabi in Dhaka’s Mirpur, police said.
Inspector (investigation) of the
Pallabi Police Station Biplab Kishore Shil told bdnews24.com that Saniur Rahman,
28, was stabbed in the head and legs at around 8:30pm near Purabi Cinema
The Shahbagh uprising activist was returning to his home in
Rupnagar Eastern Housing.
Residents of the neighborhood rescued Saniur
and rushed him to a local hospital, he added.
Saniur was later moved to
the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where he told reporters, “I got on
a bus from Farmgate and got down in front of the Purabi Cinema Hall. As I was
walking to my way, two bearded youths attacked me. They wore Punjabi.”
suspected that the attackers might have alighted at the bus stand from the same
Saniur said that he used to write articles in blogs against
communalism and the riotous activities run by rowdy activists of the
Jamaat-e-Islam and its student wing Islami Chattra Shibir.
Mohiuddin, another blogger and online activist who was also stabbed seriously in
the city’s Uttara on the night of Jan 15, commented about the criminal attack on
the latest assault in his Facebook status. “He (Saniur) often used to write on
Facebook. I also met him once or twice, he is a very well-behaved young
“He was a supporter and activist of the Shahbagh movement, and
often used to harshly criticise the religion-based parties like Jamaat, Shibir
and Hizb Ut-Tahrir.”
Mahmudul Haque Munsi, member of the Blogger and
Online Activist Network which started the massive protest at Shahbagh
intersection, said that he did not know Saniur.
Deputy Commissioner of
the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Mirpur zone) Imtiaz Ahmed told bdnews24.com: “I
have heard that Saniur is a blogger, but he is now out of danger.”
said police were trying to arrest the attackers.
The attack on the youth
came within 20 days of the murder of another blogger and Shahbagh civil uprising
activist Ahmed Rajib Haider in front of the gate of his house at Palash Nagar in
Pallabi on the night of Feb 15.
Rajib was also an active activist of the
ongoing movement at Shahbagh demanding execution of the convicted war criminals
and outlawing Jamaat.
Rajib’s friends and family claimed that he was
murdered by assailants tied to Jamaat and Shibir – a charge both organisations
Detectives on Mar 2 arrested the five students of North
South University in different parts of the city for their alleged involved in
the killing. Two machetes, four knives, one bicycle, one pair of shoes, seven
cellphones and a school bag were recovered from them.
Two of them
admitted to the police that they were directly engaged in the murder, while
three others assisted them.
They also admitted that a Shibir activist
orchestrated the killing of blogger Rajib.