It is a matter of great relief that after nearly 8 years, the verdict in the murder case of Faisal Arefin Dipan, the owner of Jagriti Prakashan and Bogar, was passed last Wednesday. The court sentenced all the eight accused in the case to death. They are members of the banned militant group Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team. Family members and relatives, including Dipan’s wife, expressed satisfaction with the verdict. If this verdict is effective, no one will have the courage to commit such atrocities in the future. On October 31, 2015, police recovered the body of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan (40) from the office of Jagriti Prakashan at Shahbagh Aziz Super Market in Dhaka. His neck and throat were cut and killed. Publisher Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury Tutul, 50, writer and blogger Tarek Rahim, 42, and Ron Deepam Basu, 40, were injured in an attack on Shuddhaswar Prakashan’s office in Lalmatia on the day of Dipan’s murder. They survived. Attacks on writers, publishers, bloggers and online activists in the country began in 2004. Humayun Azad, a professor and writer at Dhaka University, was hacked and injured on February 26 of that year. He died on 12 August. 2015 was horrible. On February 28 of that year, writer Abhijit Roy was hacked to death in the TSC area. At least 22 people were killed that year. The names of banned militant groups, including the new JMB and Ansar al-Islam, have been implicated in the killings. According to the verdict, the only purpose of the accused in the Dipan murder case was to destroy the democratic and non-communal character of the state. Faisal Arefin Dipan, owner and publisher of Jagriti Prakashan, was assassinated for publishing a book by blogger Abhijit Roy. The sole aim of these members of the banned militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team was to silence bloggers, writers and publishers. Disrupting public security by creating panic in people’s minds. We want to see the killers punished quickly. Apart from this, the law enforcement authorities claim that many people have been identified as the planners, facilitators and directly and indirectly involved in the incident. We hope that the people concerned will work for the speedy execution of all the bloggers including Dipan. We must make a firm commitment to ensure that atrocities like the Revelations do not happen again in this country.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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