Even police are ‘stupefied’ at the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy in a highly secured area, where a similar terrorist attack on another freethinker Professor Humayun Azad had taken place.
Avijit was hacked to death in the busy hours of Thursday night a few hundred yards away from the Amar Ekushey Book Fair and the Shahbagh Police Station in the Dhaka University area.
The US-based Bangladeshi expatriate had spent his childhood there.
His father Ajay Roy, a professor of the university’s physics department, has blamed the extremist militants for the murder.
Police are also pointing finger at the extremists, but failed to say clearly how the extremists were carrying out such attacks repeatedly without being noticed by the law enforcers.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia told bdnews24.com on Friday that the militants proved how desperate they could be.
“It occurred just near the police station! Police were at all the gates of the book gair...they (extremists) attacked even after that (deployment)!”
Avijit, the founder of blog Mukto-Mona (Free-mind), and his wife and fellow blogger Rafida Ahmed Bonya were brutally hacked on the footpath adjacent to the Suhrawardy Udyan on the other side of Milan Chattor around 9:30pm.
The writer died at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital later. His seriously injured wife is undergoing treatment at the Square Hospital.