Update March 21, 2015

Dhaka 11-37 am, 02-December, 2020

Father expresses disappointment over probe into Abhijit’s killing and suspects BUET teacher

FR Fateh

Murder blogger Avijit Roy's father Ajay Roy, BUET's Physics Professor

Murder blogger Avijit Roy’s father Professor Ajay Roy

20 March 2015, Nirapad News: Professor Ajay Roy, father of the murdered writer and blogger Abhijit Roy, today expressed his disappointment over the investigation into the murder of his son.

He apparently said that the investigation didn’t see any headway even after nearly a month since the killing. Prof Roy said this while addressing a civic rally titled “Abhijit Roy Killers Have No Mercy” at RC Majumdar Arts auditorium of Dhaka University. Nagorik Committee organized the rally with Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman in the chair.

Abhijit Roy was killed and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya suffered serious injuries as unidentified criminals stabbed them near the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) on Dhaka University campus on February 26. Bonya went back to the US for better treatment.

Ajoy Roy said teacher of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Farsim Mannan invited Abhijit to a gossip on the day when he was killed. He said the movement and character of Farsim Mannan, who organised a discussion at Suhrawardy Udyan through facebook, on the day of the murder are questionable to him. “Four to five people among 11 guests of the discussion were unwarranted,” he added. Physicist Roy said the uninvited people might have a link with Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat. “They (uninvited persons) said BUET teacher Mannan called them to the discussion,” he added.

Prof Roy said his son and daughter-in-law attended a programme from 6 pm to 7 pm organised by the publication agency “Shuddhaswar” which published Abhijit books on the Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2015. Later, they joined a gossip (adda) on an open place in between “Chhayabithi” and “Abosor” publication’s stalls. “The discussion, organised by Farsim Mannan, continued till 8 pm there. Activists from two organizations named “Zero Twenty Four” and “Pai” were also present there. They might have a link with Shibir,” Prof Roy said. After the discussion, he said, Abhijit was killed outside of Suhrawardy Udyan in between 8 pm and 9 pm.

While speaking Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique said the types of radical religious terrorism in the world are almost identical. “In different names, they (fundamentalists) are engaged in anti- progressiveness and civilization clashes,” he said, adding that they are also expanding terrorism across the world through the misuse of modern technology.

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