Published:  08:03 PM, 13 September 2017 Last Update: 08:33 PM, 13 September 2017

Avijit murder probe deadline stretched

Avijit murder probe deadline stretched
A Dhaka court has yet again extended time for police to submit an inquiry report on the case over the murder of blogger-writer Avijit Roy.

Inspector Fazlur Rahman, the investigating officer of the case, is to file the report on Oct 16.

The new deadline was announced by Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Golam Nabi on Wednesday.

Jibanananda Chandra Jayanta, a lawyer for the Ganajagaran Mancha, has slammed the IO for his “failure to submit a probe report in the case that is almost two and a half years old now”.

This is the 29th time that the court has extended the deadline for police to submit their findings, said court police SI Mozammel Hossain.

Avijit was a regular columnist and the founder of popular blog Mukto-mona. He is the son of well-known physicist Ajay Roy.

Avijit was hacked to death on a footpath at the TSC after he came out of the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Feb 26 of 2015.

The writer had flown all the way to Bangladesh from the United States to visit the book fair despite threats from militants who were enraged by his write-ups.

His wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya also lost a finger in the machete blows. 

Eleven people were accused in the case that Prof Ajay Roy started at the Shahbagh Police Station following the incident, said SI Mozammel.

One of them, Sadeque Hossain Mithu, moved the trial court on Aug 29 for bail but failed to secure it.

Towhidur Rahman Gama, Shafiur Rahman Farabi, Aminul Mallick, Julhas Biswas, Md Zafran Hasan and Mannan Yahia are currently behind bars.

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