By Anwar Hossain; A blogger and activist of Shahbagh movment was found stabbed dead last night, hours after the organizers decided to discontinue from today the 24-hour blockade. This is the second attack on blogger community in this year 2013. It could be noted that there was a violent knife attack by unidentified men on the outspoken blogger Asif Mohiuddin in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on 14 January. Asif survived the attack.
Yesterday's killing prompted the organizers of Shahbag movment to abandon a plan to demonstrate in front of National Museum from 3:00pm to 10:00pm every day. The demonstration now will continue 24/7.
The victim blogger name Ahmed Rajib Haidar, lived with his brother Newaz Mortoza Haidar at Palash Nagar in the capital's Mirpur area. Police found the body, bearing several stabs, near his house.
Outraged, the Shahbagh protesters demanded immediate arrest of the killers and banning pro-Jamaat blog Sonarbangla that had been carrying out propaganda against Rajib over the last few days.
Rajib, 30, an architect, was active on Amarblog under the nickname, Thaba Baba. He posted many blogs on the Liberation War and Jamaat activities.
About eight hours before being murdered, Rajib posted a status on Facebook calling upon the people to boycott Jamaat's media houses, coaching centers, cultural organisations and commercial institutions.
Earlier, blogger Imran H Sarkar at the grand rally yesterday announced a plan to hold seven-hour protest daily, considering sufferings of people, especially patients at two adjacent hospitals.
Imran, also the convener of Blogger and Online Activist Network, reading out the declaration of the rally, said, “This struggle will continue until we achieve victory... none of us will leave the streets.”
The organizers of the movement -- which began on February 5 hours after war criminal Quader Mollah was sentenced to life imprisonment -- called upon all educational institutions to hoist the national flag and sing the National Anthem at 10:00am on Sunday.
JAMAAT KILLED RAJIB?
Rajib's aunt Nurun Nahar said, “He told me that he will go to Shahbagh after lunch.” “At about 9:00pm, we saw a body about 6-7 feet far from the main gate of the house.” Neighbours could not identify him immediately as his face was marked with indiscriminate stabs.
Local lawmaker Elias Uddin Mollah alleged Jamaat was behind Rajib's killing as the deceased was involved in Shahbagh movement. Abdul Latif Sheikh, officer-in-charge of Pallabi Police Station, told the media that they were yet to know who murdered Rajib.
Abdur Rouf, a witness, said, “When I saw the body, Rajib's mobile phone was ringing. His laptop was beside him.” “I saw marks of stabs in his chin and cheek”, he said, adding “I saw a blood soaked machete near the body.”
Locals said people were busy watching BPL Cricket match that is why they did not heard anything.