Update February 27, 2015

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Extremists are responsible for Avijit’s murder: Family

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A screenshot of a Feb 9 post on Farabi’s Facebook timeline

27 February 2015, Nirapad News: Blogger Avijit Roy’s family claimed that, Extremists  are responsible for Avijit Roy’s murder. His father Ajay Roy, a noted physicist, filed a case of murder in Shahbagh police station on Friday .

Shahbagh police Sub-Inspector (SI) Sohel Rana said the case did not name anyone and was filed against unidentified assailants.

“Extremists are behind my son’s murder and Jamaat -e-Islami has backed them,” Ajay Roy told the press after filing the case. He also hoped that the government will bring the murderers to justice. Religious radicals have been threatening Avijit for his active campaign against Islamist extremism.

The police are yet to make any breakthrough in the case. No one has been arrested or detained. Two machetes were recovered from the crime scene.

Islamist blogger Farabi Shafiur Rahman had allegedly threatened Avijit Roy with death once he returned home. A screenshot of a Feb 9 post on Farabi’s Facebook timeline is still circulating on the Internet.

In that post , he is seen telling one Mannan Rahi that Avijit Roy cannot be killed now since he is in US, but he will be killed once he is back to Bangladesh. Farabi has also been demanding that Rokomari.com, an online shopping portal, stop selling Avijit Roy’s books. Police had arrested Farabi in connection with Rajib Haider’s murder on charges of incitement, but he managed to secure bail .

A twitter account in the name of Ansar Bangla 7 have described the murder of Avijit Roy as an achievement. A series of tweets since the murder described it as a punishment for Avijit’s “crime against Islam”.  The first tweet soon after the incident read “Allahu Akbar..A great success today here in Bangladesh, Target is Down here in Dhaka.”

The next tweets termed Avijit as one of their ‘Top Target’ for the last 3/4 years. “The target was a US citizen, used to live in US for the fear of Muslims. just 5/6 days ago he had come to Dhaka to attend Bookfair, Gone”

Another tweet said, “Anti-Islamic blogger US-Bengali citizen Avijit Roy is assassinated in capital Dhaka due to his crime against Islam.” The account also boasts “YES !! We can, A HeadShot A Day Keeps The Infidel Away.” It also has a link to Avijit’s facebook page: “Target posted his last facebook status 5 hours ago & killed just 2 hours ago”

Another tweet said, “May be it’s Avijit Roy’s bloody wife with Husband’s Head Beheaded. He was a top Target 4 last 3/4 years.” A picture of Bonna trying to pull Avijit up from the pavement was posted along with this tweet.

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