Blaming radical Islamists responsible for writer Avijit Roy’s murder, people from different social, cultural and political platforms including student orgnisations demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits.
A rally was held at the Raju Bhaskarja premises in Dhaka University around 11:15am on Friday protesting the brutal killing.
The protesters also called for active resistance to contain Islamic radicals.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Mujahidul Islam Selim said Avijit was killed the similar way writer Humayun Azad was attacked and Rajib Haider murdered.
“Anybody can understand from the nature of the attacks that this was the handiwork of the same militant group.”
Veteran politician Pankaj Bhattacharya said the defeated forces of 1971 have declared war on Bangladesh and the freedom of its people. These fundamentalists want to turn the country into an extremist state.
Journalist Kamal Lohani said, “The task now falls on people in general to rise against the extremists.”
Professor Anwar Hossain said that the government cannot avoid its responsibility as it has failed to try similar crimes that have been committed before.
Human rights activists Khushi Kabir said the masterminds behind such heinous killing want to resist free thinking, independence and democratic atmosphere.
Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Afrin Banya were hacked by unknown miscreants near TSC, Dhaka University Campus on Thursday night.
Severely injured Avijit later died in DMCH while his wife is undergoing treatment.
Avijit and Rafida, both US citizens, returned to Bangladesh only a few days ago to promote two books by Avijit that were published in the Amar Ekushey Book Fair.