Ananta Bijoy Das was an atheist and wrote blogs for Mukto-Mona, a website which used to be moderated by Avijit Roy, the Bangladeshi-born US citizen who himself was hacked to death in Dhaka on February 26 while returning from his book launch with his wife Rafida Ahmad who sustained injuries.
Attack on atheist writers is not new in Bangladesh. Latest attack on the writer has refreshed memories of the attack on other writers in the country. Before Das, bloggers Avijit Roy, Ahmed Rajib Haider was hacked to death in February 2015 and 2013 respectively and Washikur Rahman was killed in March this year. While well known writer Taslima Nasreen had to leave Bangladesh following death threats from hardline Islamists in the mid-1990s for her book Lajja.
Attack on writers in Bangladesh is carried out almost in the same manner. Is it indication that fanatics are united against these writers? Or lack of government action makes way for these fanatics? Why government is not taking action against those responsible for killing of writers?
Even after months only arrest has been made in these killing, why not swift action has been taken to curb these element or government has left them free to do whatever they want to do not even taken single hard step against those to curb them?
According to media reports, Ananta Bijoy Das got threats from extremists recently for his writings. He was on their hitlist.
Rising crime against writers has put a question mark on government's action to bring the perpetrators to justice. One after another incident is happening and they are unable to do anything. It seems government has become a mute spectator. Is government waiting for some writers to be killed in the country?