The killing of scholar MM Kalburgi in Karnataka few days back, was an unfortunate addition to a series of murdered activists, which includes names like Narendra Dabholkar from Pune and Sabeen Mahmud in Pakistan. A similar murder which shocked Bangladesh was that of Ananta Bijoy Das, a blogger who supported secularism.

Ananta Bijoy Das was hacked to death in broad daylight | Source: Facebook

The suspect Mannan Yahia arrested in the brutal murder, has confessed to committing the crime. He gave a confessional statement to the Metropolitan Magistrate on Wednesday, days after he and his brother Mohaimin Noman were arrested on 28 August.

Das was one of the four murdered secular bloggers | Source: Twitter

Das was among the four bloggers who were hacked to death, and an activist of Ganajagran Mancha , a forum demanding a ban on religious political groups. Bijoy was murdered in broad daylight, in a market in Sylhet. Another man Abdul Khayer has been arrested in the same case.

The police said that Yahia had issued threats to bloggers on Facebook.

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