Butchered bloggers: UK Muslim arrested

Butchered bloggers: UK Muslim arrested

Authorities in Bangladesh  have arrested three men, including a British citizen – Touhidur Rahman, above – for their alleged involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.

The arrests follow a recent warning by a senior Bangladeshi police officer that atheists should keep their opinions to themselves , and not hurt people’s religious feelings.

Inspector General of Police Shahidul Haque described attacks on religious beliefs as a “crime” :

According to laws if any one hurts one’s feelings, he will be punished by the law.

He pointed out that such an offender could be jailed for 14 years and said:

None should cross the limit.

He also people who felt that they had suffered hurt over words written by sceptics should seek help from police and file a case.

But he said the police did not support the murder of atheist commentators.

According to this report, the three men who were arrested this week are suspected members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team, a banned Islamic militant outfit. Bangladesh banned the group in May after police accused its members of threatening and killing bloggers and writers.

Major Maksudul Alam, a spokesman for the country’s Rapid Action Battalion, said  that Touhidur Rahman — a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin — was the mastermind and financier of the attacks on bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das, who were killed earlier this year.

Mufti Mahmud Khan, the head of the battalion’s media wing, told reporters that while Rahman was the main planner of the killings, another suspect who was arrested, Sadek Ali, acted as a bridge to communicate with Mufti Jasim Rahmani, the alleged head of the militant group.


Rahmani, above, is currently in jail awaiting trial in the murder of another blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, in Dhaka in 2013. According to a 2013 YouTube video, Rahmani aims to:

Establish the right of Allah on earth.

He said the third suspect, 35-year-old Aminul Mollick, was a broker at a passport office and helped members of the militant group make fake passports so that they could travel abroad if necessary.

Khan said Rahman, 58, is an information technology expert who returned to Bangladesh from the UK in either 2011 or 2012. He then got in touch with Rahmani, who inspired him to work for the group.

He is the main planner of all the recent killings of the bloggers.

During an interrogation after their arrests, Khan said, the men admitted that a team of four or five took part in the killing of Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen. The same team was involved in the attack on Das.

Roy was a prominent voice against religious extremism and created a network of atheist bloggers at home and abroad. His wife, also a blogger, was injured in the attack, which took place as the couple walked on the campus of Dhaka University.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake & Ivan Bailey

13 responses to “Butchered bloggers: UK Muslim arrested”

  1. Newspaniard says:

    The copper said “According to laws if any one hurts one’s feelings, he will be punished by the law.” Surely he meant to say “… if any muslim’s feelings are hurt…”? After all, many atheist, christian, hindu or buddhist “feelings” are hurt in that shit-hole country but I doubt that counts for much in their so-called legal system. The killers will be free within the year.

  2. Trevor Blake says:

    Which is the greater insult to these theocrats and murderers? I don’t want to deliver less than their due of scorn and mockery.

    A. Chopping men to bits in the streets hurts my feelings.

    B. How does it feel to worship a god so weak he gets hurt by words?

  3. Broga says:

    These sickos base their behaviour on their certainty that the fictional Allah really exists. They insist on defending, and killing for, a mirage.

  4. Dot says:

    Muslim thugs, who have no worth or capacity for doing anything constructive, who are self loathing, filled with hatred turn to the only thing that they are capable … … Murder. And religious people everywhere, even the mildly observant, should reflect upon how their own beliefs are not so far removed from those whose minds are totally under the control of hateful unquestionable dogma that gives people the right to kill anyone they do not approve.

  5. Cali Ron says:

    Sadly, there seems to be no shortage of people in the world who are ready to join radical religious organizations like this just so they can bully, beat and even kill people with encouragement from that religion and their fellow followers. Some are indoctrinated from birth, but much scarier are those who as adults choose to follow that bloody path. These people are psychopaths and there sure seems to be a lot of them. Religion is an insidious influence in the world that must be exposed as the evil it is. No amount of “good” deeds justifies it’s existence given the toll in broken and lost life’s.

  6. L.Long says:

    Again a demo that blasphemy and hurt feelings should NEVER be law!!!
    Like the canceled draw Mo day, all religions should be mocked and if your feeling are hurt then don’t listen!!!
    I have had my feeling hurt many times and have yet to hurt anyone!! I say as of yet to keep my options open to possibilities.
    For the dimwit xtians that think (oxymoron) a theocracy is good then look to mideast isLame for what it will be like to be the wrong flavor!!

  7. Broga says:

    My feelings are hurt every time I hear Thought for the Day. The are hurt at the knowledge that such fantasies can be broadcast at the expense of the licence payers.

  8. AgentCormac says:

    Brainwashed, deluded and full of their own misguided importance, these thugs are to the 21st century what the SA was to Germany in the 1930s. They believe that only their opinion is valid, they will follow orders without thinking and they are only too happy to use ruthless violence to shut down any and all opposition. The threat they now pose is no less potent or disturbing than that posed by the Nazis almost a century ago and surely we must take them on militarily now before it is too late, as well as shut down those who have poured billions into their cause. The consequences of appeasement and prevarication do not bear thinking about. Ask Khaled al-Asaad, if you could. He was the Syrian archaeologist who looked after the ancient Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra for 40 years. The IS – you know, those followers of the religion of peace – have beheaded him for his troubles.

  9. dennis says:

    it breaks my heart to see the shrines of humanity be destroyed by uneducated or educated individuals. Khaled al-Asaad should become our call to sanity. the sanity may be a military man, DAMN.

  10. Newspaniard says:

    The neutron bomb was designed to kill people without damaging their surroundings. A few of these to be automatically triggered when these historic sites are invaded by savages wouldn’t do any harm to the artifacts and would clear out the rubbish on the streets. Time to bring this bomb out of retirement.(France)

  11. Handy says:

    It will do its best to employ the resources of Science, Scholarship, Philosophy and Ethics against the claims of the Bible as a Divine Revelation; and it will not scruple to employ for the same purpose any weapons of ridicule or sarcasm that may be borrowed from the armoury of Common Sense. The Freethinker?