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.