On 7 August 2015, a group of men murdered HRD and blogger Niloy Chatterjee, (known by his penname, Niloy Neel) with machetes in his Dhaka home. Neel was a prominent writer on gender equality on Mukto-Mona. He wrote about human rights, secularism, and dangers that fundamental Islam posed to advancements in women’s rights in Bangladesh.
Neel was a vocal critic of the killings of HRDs and writers in Bangladesh since 2013, and attended many of the protests demanding justice after each killing. He was also an organiser of the Science and Rationalist Association Bangladesh. Neel reported to the police that he was being followed and receiving death threats in the months prior to his killing.