On 12 May 2015, masked men carrying machetes approached HRD and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das on his way to work in Sylhet. They attacked him, striking him on the head and upper body. Bijoy Das was a blogger on Mukto-Mona, the “Free Thinkers” site previously moderated by Avijit Roy. In 2006, Bijoy Das won Mukto Mona’s annual award for promoting “humanist ideals and messages.” Bijoy Das’ murder was claimed by terrorist group Ansar al-Islam (also known as Ansarullah Bangla Team), which claims to have links to Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. He received death threats purporting to be from the same group prior to his death.
Date of Killing:12/05/2015
Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights
Sector Detail:Freedom of Expression
More information:Front Line Defenders
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- The New Yorker