Niloy Neel, a Bangladeshi secular blogger, is the 4th Blogger victim this year who has been subjected to merciless hacking (in front of his wife at his residence) resulting in his untimely death by religious extremists in Dhaka Bangladesh.
Niloy Chatterjee Neel was killed in his rented flat, located at East Gorhan, he was residing on the top floor of a four-storey building.
Local Police stated that five unknown assailants, armed with machetes and disguised as new renters, entered the flat in two groups after the Jumah prayers ( around 1:45pm on Friday) and killed Niloy.
The blogger had recently received numerous threats for his writings and stance against religious radicalism. Niloy had recently removed all his photos from Facebook and used Kolkata as his current city. It has been reported that Niloy did seek local police protection and went to a police station to file a complaint, but the local police authorities advised him not to do so and also told him to “leave Bangladesh” as soon as humanly possible.
Niloy’s user ID on the social networking site Facebook is “Niloy Neel”. He also blogged against communal ism and fundamentalism under the title named ‘Istishon’ (Station).
The fourth blogger to have been brutally murdered in Bangladesh this year, had been living in his Gorhan flat with his family for the past two years. He was also am avid NGO (charity organisation) worker.
According to the police statement the attackers entered his home disguised as new tenants who wanted to rent a flat in the same building.
“They fled right after slaughtering Niloy.”
DMP’s Detective Branch Joint Commissioner Krishnapada Roy told reporters at the crime scene, “There were signs of haphazard hacking on Niloy’s throat and neck.”
“The nature of the attack is very similar to those on other bloggers murdered earlier,” he stated.