April 07, 2016

Bangladesh: Another free-thinker hacked to death in Dhaka - 6 April 2016

source: Mukto-Mona

Another victim of state religion, free-thinker hacked to death by machete

//Another victim of state religion, free-thinker hacked to death by machete
By |April 7th, 2016
Nazimuddin Samad, Image Source: Facebook
Today, on April 6, 2016, at approximately 9 pm in the evening, Nazimuddin Samad, a student of the Jagannath University, was hacked to death by unknown assailants in Dhaka’s Sutrapur. Nazimuddin was a courageous freethinker; he was vocal in his support for a secular and humane Bangladesh. As he was returning from his university a few young men, who came there on a motorcycle, intercepted him at the Ekrampur crossing and started hacking him with their machetes. In the end, they made sure that Nazimuddin would die by shooting him in the head. Witnesses said the assailants shouted “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is great) as they killed Nazimuddin.
Even though nobody has claimed responsibility for this murder, the modus operandi was very similar to all the killings carried out by the extremist Islamist militants in Bangladesh.
See Also:

IHEU: Atheist student Nazimuddin Samad killed in Bangladesh
Center for Inquiry: Atheist Student Murdered by Islamists in Bangladesh, Center for Inquiry Demands Action
Dhaka Tribune: JnU student killed in suspected militant attack
BD News 24: Jagannath University student hacked, shot dead in Dhaka’s Sutrapur
Over the last couple of years, secular activists in Bangladesh were murdered in same manner though no Islamic extremist group has yet confirmed their involvement in Samad’s murder.
Samad was under threat by the Islamist for his activism and when asked to stay safe, this is how he responded-
Azharul islam: Worried about you Nazim. Be careful, please. You already know what’s happening! Be careful.
Nazimuddin Samad: I am also scared, Sir, scared of getting killed. But what else can I do? It’s better to die rather than living by keeping my head down.