Secular writer and publisher Shahzahan Bachchu, also a left politician, was shot death near his village home at Kakaldi of Sirajdikhan upazila in Munshiganj Monday evening.
Shahazahan was a writer and owner of publication house Bishaka Prakashani in Dhaka and former general secretary of Munshiganj district unit of the Communist Party of Bangladesh.
A villager, Kamal Krishna Paul, told New Age that the assailants on motorcycles turned up at the tea stall at Kakaldi and shot Shahzahan sitting there at about 6:30pm and fled away.
The attackers exploded bombs while leaving.
Shahazahan was in jeans pants and full sleeve T-shirt during that time.
Munshiganj additional superintendent of police Asaduzzaman, quoting the local people, told New Age that four riding two motorcycles arrived at the spot.
‘He died on the spot,’ he said, adding that they recovered the body from the spot and sent it to Munshiganj General Hospital morgue for a post-mortem examination.
No case was lodged and none was arrested in this connection until 11:30pm, Sirajdikhan police said.
The murder of a secular writer and publisher was committed about two years after secular bloggers, writers, activists and publishers were killed allegedly by religious extremists between 2013 and mid 2016.
Police officials, however, immediately could not say whether it was an extremist attack but said that they were launching investigation keeping all possible reasons in mind,
A senior official of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes Unit in Dhaka said that they were looking into the matter as the victim was a ‘secular writer’.
‘We came to know that he was an online activist and writer and had a publishing house,’ Munshiganj superintendent of police Mohammad Zayedul Alam said.
From February 2013 to mid 2016, a number of bloggers and a publisher, namely Avijit Roy, Niloy Neel, Ananta Bijoy Das, Oyasiqur Rahman Babu , and Faisal Arefin Dipan, were killed allegedly by religious extremists.
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