Protests in Bangladesh after secular activist killed for criticising religion

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Hundreds of students from Jagannath University protested on Thursday against the murder of its student Nazimuddin Samad.

Samad was hacked to death on Wednesday after he allegedly criticised religion through his Facebook posts.

Quoting a senior police official, AFP reported that at least four assailants had hacked Nazimuddin Samad’s head with a machete on Wednesday night.

“As he fell, one of them shot him with a pistol from close range. He died on the spot.”

Britain’s Guardian reported that the 28-year-old Samad on the hit list of 84 atheist bloggers that a group of radical Islamists had drawn up and sent to the Bangladesh interior ministry.

His murder was the latest in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country.

On Thursday about 100 students put the blockade and started protesting the killing by igniting tyres on the road.

According to Dhaka Tribune, Lalbagh Division Deputy Commissioner Mafiz Uddin Ahmed confirmed the incident saying additional policemen were deployed on the spot to prevent any untoward incident.

Disruption of vehicular movement created unusual tailback on both sides of the road and the commuters had to suffer in the ongoing scorching heat.

Samad, whose family lives in London, was known to have been critical of state religion in the Bangladeshi constitution. In one of his posts on Facebook, he had said: “Evolution is a scientific truth. Religion and race are invention of the savage and uncivil people.”

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Last year, radical Muslims had killed four atheist bloggers and a publisher for their perceived anti-Islamic views.

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