Islamists butcher Bangladesh publisher

Islamists butcher Bangladesh publisher

Secular book publisher Faisal Arefin Deepan, above, was found hacked to death inside his office in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka yesterday.

On the same day, according to this report, another publisher, Ahmed Rahim Tutul, and two writers were shot and stabbed by three men in the office of the Shudhdhoswar publishing house in Dhaka, said police officer Abdullah Al Mamun.

The two writers were identified by police as Ranadeep Basu and Tareque Rahim. All three of the victims were hospitalised, and Tutul is in a critical condition.

Protesters gathered outside at the hospital where the victims were taken to demand the government does more to protect the country’s secular bloggers.

Deepan, of the Jagriti Prokashoni publishing house, had filed a complaint with police after being threatened with death on Facebook, his friends said.

Deepan’s father, Abul Kashem Fazlul Haq said:

I saw him lying upside down and in a massive pool of blood … He is dead.

Deepan was the only son of Haq, a well-known writer and professor of Dhaka University’s Bengali department.

He had published Avijit Roy’s book Biswaser Virus (Virus of Faith). The book was popular with secular thinkers and intellectuals, but had angered Islamist radicals, who are suspected to be involved in his murder.


Roy, above, was murdered by machete-wielding killers in the Dhaka University campus in February 2015 during the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. Son of well-known physicist Ajoy Roy, Avijit was a US citizen and outspoken blogger who wrote about rationality and science.

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks on the two publishers on Saturday, bloggers and online activists are blaming Islamist radicals for them. Dhaka police spokesperson Muntasirul Islam said that Deepan’s was a “pre-planned murder”.

It seems more than one assassin were involved in the murder.

Bangladesh has been hit by a number of attacks this year claimed by Islamic extremists, including the blogger murders and, more recently, the killing of two foreigners — an Italian aid worker and a Japanese agricultural worker. A bomb attack on 24 October targeted thousands of Shiite Muslims in Dhaka, killing a teenage boy and wounding more than 100 people

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks on the two foreigners and the bombing, but Bangladesh’s government has rejected that the extremist Sunni militant group has any presence in the country. Local Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team claimed responsibility for the blogger killings and recently threatened to kill more bloggers.

24 responses to “Islamists butcher Bangladesh publisher”

  1. Newspaniard says:

    It appears to me that the reason that these islamists get so upset is that they realize that there actually is no allah and there was no mohammed and they are living in the 7th century BECAUSE of the rules laid down in their hate book and that they have wasted their lives. They now take out their vengeance for their wasted lives on people who publicize the truth. If there was such a being as their god, there would be no need to protect him as he would bring down his own wrath on the offenders. These savages are currently invading the west to continue their pillaging against nations who have dragged themselves out of the filthy pit of the past in which these muslim countries remain.

  2. jay says:

    Once again the police are useless in preventing these attacks.

  3. Peter Sykes says:

    And the apologist don’t seem able to get their head around it – give these nutters an inch and they’ll take the whole tape-measure. We have to stand our ground. Easy for me living in the UK, these bloggers living in hell-holes are very brave people.

  4. L.Long says:

    Its nice to see that the religion of peace has brought another to unending peace! In the only manner they can!

  5. Trevor Blake says:

    As always, words have their opposite meaning in religion. Radical means traditional. That is, the monsters that murdered these men were acting according to their basic holy text in harmony with centuries of their religion. May these traditional Muslims be swiftly tried for their crimes.

  6. Broga says:

    @Trevor Blake: Nothing very much will happen. The West is treading water and hoping the savages will calm down or just go away. Our effete ruling cliques, living the good life, lack the energy or determination to get off their arses and take action.

    The public, immersed in junk TV and sport, have lost the will to protect themselves. In addition should anyone dare to take action against an Islamist there will be a tide of concern that his human rights are being ignored.

    The bloodletting continues and we all agree that it really is shocking. Something must be done. But no one will do it and we can comfort ourselves by sympathising with the victims. As a gesture towards our fair mindedness we fund from taxes Islam indoctrination in schools. The demands grow. We accede because we lack the energy, determination and courage to oppose them.

    As the power slips away to the Islamists they will not be so flexible towards us.

  7. Broga says:

    W.B. Yeats wrote in “The Second Coming”:

    ” The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.”

    Seems to sum up much of the situation today. That “passionate intensity” is fuelled, driven and directed by religion.

    Anybody got any solutions?

  8. Newspaniard says:

    @Broga. IMHO the neutron bomb is a good idea.

  9. Jamshed says:

    Hi to all…
    I am a Muslim and the Muslim who truly follow Islam will never resort to these atrocious actions , that These people are doing….. As for the comments above where one mentioned ” since people have realised that there is Allah that’s the reason for the change in their personality ” and the comments “the hate book ”

    In response to the first comment …… The presence or absence of a creator is not responsible for the actions of these murderers whether they be ISIS or any extreme individual …. There are people in this world who are able to identify gullible individuals and then feed them with hate ….. Hitler was a democratically elected leader who wasn’t a Muslim why did he kill all those Jews …… The Israelis who kill innocent people what about them … The Buddhist monks in Myanmar killing innocent women and children, I don’t hear you saying anything about them …… Don’t judge Muslim because there is a small % of so called Muslim who are doing henious crimes .

    The second comment

    Quran is not a hate book ….. It’s not like a normal book in which one may start, once upon a time there was jack etc
    Any thing that is read out of context from the Quran will seem so …. Each verse was revealed in response to a certain act …… So get your facts right before you critise anyone …..

    My email is added so you may respond with your misunderstandings

  10. Fruitpicker says:

    I for one criticise all religions in equal measure Jamshed. It’s just that Islam keeps making the headlines for some reason. What we’re talking about is people being hacked to death for speaking up. They’d still be alive if it weren’t for stone age belief systems.

    You’re right about people feeding gullible individuals with hate. What better place to start than the fertile soil of the religious mind.

  11. Laura Roberts says:

    @Jamhsed: perhaps you can help. Just to chose a violent-sounding verse from the Qur’an (4:89): “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks”

    Perhaps you can help: in what context is it right and moral to “seize them and slay them wherever ye find them” and “take no friends or helpers from their ranks”?

  12. Newspaniard says:

    @Jamshed. Isn’t it true that analysis has shown that 60% if your koran is about who to kill and how to do it? I believe that “hate book” is quite an appropriate name for this publication. If you continue to subscribe to this site, you will discover people with a far greater and in-depth knowledge than most of your imams have, contribute so be careful what you quote.

  13. Broga says:

    @Jamshed: I hope you keep visiting this site so that you may be led from the darkness of your faith into the light of freethinking. To be free of fictitious tyrant gods and to experience thinking without threat or censorship is something to cherish.

    You invite questions. May I ask just one? Are you in favour of Female Genital Mutilation and would you inflict that on your own daughter?

    I will just add that all the “people of faith” who visit this site do not stay long. As their minds begin to open and they see a glimmering of the incredibility of what they believe they panic and depart. I doubt if your beliefs have the strength to sustain you here for very long.

  14. barriejohn says:

    My email is added so you may respond with your misunderstandings.

    Sure, it’s always the fault of us unbelievers, who invariably “misunderstand” religion. After years of this sort of stubborn, pigheaded intransigence from the Plymouth Brethren I won’t be wasting my time!

    (And why the bloody hell can’t things be discussed on this site? Is that beneath his dignity?)

  15. Newspaniard says:

    @barriejohn. Might I suggest that it would be probably very dangerous to respond using his email as you don’t know what other savages might use yours.

  16. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: Jamshed does not want an open debate on this site. He has enough sense, despite his beliefs, to avoid being exposed by challenges to his nonsensical beliefs.

    Jamshed is running scared. He dare not debate the religious issues. He needs to cower in his religious corner. I doubt if he will return. But if he does not he demonstrates that he has no confidence in his beliefs. Unlike atheists who have confidence based on reason. Jamshed can’t win; we can’t lose.

  17. barriejohn says:

    Don’t worry; I’m very careful who has my email address(es) anyway, but it’s so amusing how they all think that the very moment that they can “explain” their faith to us, the scales will fall away from our eyes and we will fall down in worship and wonderment!

  18. Cali Ron says:

    barriejohn: They will find our eyes are already wide open and so our are minds, which is why we see the fallacies, deception and contradictions of their religious beliefs. If we fall down it will be to duck under the swords of their faiths aggression and our only wonderment is that they can believe something so patently wrong.

    Broga: I think your right, he won’t have the intestinal fortitude to stay and debate his faith here because so many regulars on this site have a greater knowledge about his religion than he does.

  19. Vanity Unfair says:

    To Jamshed:
    “Quran is not a hate book ….. It’s not like a normal book in which one may start, once upon a time there was jack etc
    Any thing that is read out of context from the Quran will seem so …. Each verse was revealed in response to a certain act …… So get your facts right before you critise anyone ….. ”

    Certainly there is a lot of truth in what you say. However, you have only presented half of the story.

    The Quran is not like a normal book. It is not arranged in a linear fashion. Even allowing for Jean-Luc Godard’s dictum that, “A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” the fact must be faced that no effort has been made to present the story in that format; indeed, it has purposely been rent from chronological order to hide the fact that its message changed over time. Further, its proponents have repeatedly claimed that the Quran is still in its original form despite the presence of early, different, versions.

    Ignoring for a moment its many faults, the Bible is presented (sort of) chronologically so the changes in its various philosophies can be tracked and correlated to the altering exigences of God’s chosen peoples.

    Everything in the Quran is read out of context because the Quran is published out of context. The chapters are arranged by size, not by historical position. There is not even complete agreement on the order in which they should be read. This results in the various messages being unavailable for correct study as any one might be the final word. But who can tell?

    Each verse was revealed to Mohammed’s followers as response to his acts as you say. Have you considered the amazing fact that the newly-revealed verse so often was Allah’s vindication of Mohammed’s recent actions? There is definite evidence of a man who truly knew what Allah was thinking even before the revelation. Of course, there is another possible explanation.

    I suppose you could quibble about calling the Quran a “hate book” because the commands to kill are presented as a holy duty. This is the same as the Bible where, as many commentators have mentioned “an awful lot of smiting” does seem to be commanded too. This does not make it right.

    As you see, your few lines have caused quite a stir. They certainly caused me to think. I hope you do not consider that I have misrepresented you in any way. Please take these thoughts in the manner in which they are intended: not as admonishment but as a guide to the helpful way in which the posters on this site will try to guide your understanding. For my part, I expect any faults in my argument to be pointed out by my peers and counter-arguments to be presented. That’s just the way things are here. I do hope you will stick around.

  20. barriejohn says:


    (Maybe he will return and prove me wrong!)

  21. Cali Ron says:

    Don’t hold your breath.

  22. Laura Roberts says:

    What’s that I hear? Is that crickets?

  23. barriejohn says:

    Just checking!