Two days after the brutal killing of a professor of Rajshahi University, Islamic fundamentalists killed Julhash Mannan, the senior editor of an LGBT magazine, in Dhaka.
Mannan was also the cousin of former foreign minister Dipu Moni. He worked at the ‘Roopban’ magazine, the Muslim-majority country’s only LGBT magazine.
Police say that the two were attacked inside their flat in Kalabagan area of the city. The attackers entered the flat located on the second floor of a six-storey building in the guise of courier delivery personnel. Mannan’s friend Tanay Mojumdar was also killed by the attackers. A third person was reportedly injured in the attack carried out with the same kind of weapons used in the killings of numerous other secular bloggers, activists and writers in the country.
Mannan also worked at the US Embassy. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but the police suspect terrorists having a hand in this.
A cover of Roopban magazine.
Two days ago, assailants hacked to death 58-year-old Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee near his home in Rajshahi.
The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the killing.
A file photo of Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee. Mohammad Abdullah Iqbal/AFP/Getty Images
Two weeks before that, an atheist student, Nazimuddin Samad, was shot dead in broad daylight.
The government has been accused of inaction resulting in the fundamentalists acting with impunity. One must note here that the country is sharply divided along secular and religious lines.
While one side advocates freedom of expression and upholding of minority rights, the other side wants Islamic fundamentalism to be the cornerstone of Bangladesh’s foundation.
The latter is the same side which supports war criminals convicted to siding with Pakistanis during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and participating in genocide and mass rapes of minorities.