Bangladesh

Freethinker silenced

Print edition : April 03, 2015

A torch-lit protest against the killing of Avijit Roy in Dhaka on February 27, the day after he and his wife were attacked while leaving a book fair. Photo: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP

Avijit Roy, a handout photograph. A software engineer based in the United States, Roy was a writer and blogger who spoke out against the excesses and blindnesses of all religions.

Avijit Roy's father, Ajoy Roy (right), and other relatives beside the slain writer's coffin, in Dhaka on March 1. Photo: Suvra Kanti Das./AP

Federal Bureau of Investigation members inspecting the site of the attack, also on March 1. Photo: RAJIB DHAR/AFP

Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion personnel with Farabi Shafiur Rahman, arrested in connection with Roy's killing, in Dhaka on March 2. Photo: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP

Fundamentalist forces strike again, killing the writer and blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka in what is being perceived as yet another attack on freethinking and secularism in Bangladesh.
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