B'desh nab three over murder of secular blogger
Nov 19, Dhaka: Bangladesh have arrested three men in connection with the killing of Dhaka-based blogger Niladri Chatterjee Niloy.
The men were charged with threatening the victim and admitting responsibility on social media. Bangladesh authorities said they were charged with various crimes related to the incident in early August. Chatterjee Niloy, a secular blogger was murdered in August after a gang armed with machetes broke into his house and hacked him to death. That was the fourth such killing in Bangladesh since the beginning of the year.
Police said on Wednesday that "one of the suspects was held for threatening Niloy on Facebook "while the other two were detained for admitting responsibility" on the internet for the murder, Al Jazeera reported.
The arrested men were identified as Mufti Maulana Abdul Gaffar and Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders Mortuza Sabbir Faisal and Tariqul Islam. Shibir is the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh's main religious party and an ally of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in the 20-party opposition coalition.
Faisal and Islam had opened another Facebook profile under the name of "Ansar Al Islam" and claimed responsibility for the murder, the police spokesperson informed.
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