Avijit Murder

Charges against 6 militants accepted

Staff Correspondent

12 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A Dhaka court on Thursday accepted charges against six members of banned militant outfit Ansar-Al-Islam in a case filed over the killing of blogger and writer Avijit Roy on February 26, 2015.

Judge Mujibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal accepted the charges after scrutinizing the case documents.

The six accused are sacked army major Syed Ziaul Haque alias Major Zia, Abu Siddique Sohel alias Shahab, Mozammel Hossain alias Saymon, Arafat Rahman alias Siam, Shafiur Rahman Farabi, and Akram Hossain alias Abir alias Adnan.

All of the accused are members of Ansar al-Islam, formerly known as Ansarullah Bangla Team.

Of them, Zia, a suspected coordinator of Ansar-Al-Islam and Akram are absconding.

The court also issued arrest warrant against the two fugitives and fixed April 30 for next hearing in the case.

On March 25, another Dhaka court shifted the murder case to the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal for its quick disposal.

On March 13, the inspector of Counter Terrorism unit of DMP, Monirul Islam, submitted the charge sheet with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court accusing the six militants in the case.

On February 26, 2015, Avijit, founder of Mukto-Mona blog, was stabbed to death by some unidentified assailants near TSC on Dhaka University campus. Avijit’s wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya also sustained injuries during the attack when the couple was returning home from Ekushey Boi Mela (book fair).