Blogger hacked to death in Dhaka: police

Miscreants have hacked to death one Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, believed to be a 'blogger', police say.

Published : 30 March 2015, 06:24 AM
Updated : 14 May 2015, 11:57 AM

Two madrasa students have been detained with sharp weapons for suspected involvement with the murder. Three meat cleavers have been recovered from the spot.

This assassination follows a similar murder of blogger-writer Avijit Roy on Feb 26 at the Dhaka University campus.

Rahman was attacked around 9:45am at the Tejgaon Indsutrial area, Tejgaon Zone’s Deputy Police Commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarkar told

He was rushed to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital with severe injuries, where the doctors pronounced him dead.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman said that he was about 27 years of age.

“Rahman used to work for a private organisation and we came to know that he was a blogger.”

The two arrested for suspected involvement are ‘Zikrullah’, a Chittagong madrassa student, and Arif’, a student of  a madrasa at Dhaka’s Mirpur area, according to police.

The victim Oyasiqur Rahman hails from Lakhmipur’s Ramganj district and used to live at Begunbarhi area of Tejgaon.

On Feb 26, US citizen and a bioengineer by profession, Avijit Roy was hacked to death at the heart of the Dhaka University campus.

He was the founder of the blog ‘Muktamona’ (free-thinkers).

Police arrest two over the attack on blogger Oyasiqur Rahman Babu.

His wife and fellow blogger Rafida Ahmed Bonya was seriously injured in the attack.

Police have arrested on Farabi Shafiur Rahman, who had earlier threaten to kill Avijit in social media, over the murder, but are yet to identify the actual killers.

Another blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was killed in 2013 few days after the beginning of the Shahbagh movement that called for ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and death penalty for all the 1971 war criminals.

Evidence revealed Islamist fundamentalists were linked with Haider’s murder.