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Blogger Ananta Bijoy’s killer arrested in Bangalore

Ananta Bijoy Das was killed with machetes by masked men in Sylhet in 2015

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July 06, 2022, 1:15 p.m.

Last modification: 06 July 2022, 14:08

Ananta Bijoy Das. Photo: Collected

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Ananta Bijoy Das. Photo: Collected

A special Kolkata police team has arrested Faisal Ahmed, who has been sentenced to death for killing blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in Sylhet.

The team arrested Faisal from Bommanahalli in Bangalore on July 1, an official from Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB) Dhaka office said on Wednesday (July 6).

According to police sources in Kolkata, Bangladeshi detectives discovered Faisal’s whereabouts in India in early June. His mobile number was given to the Kolkata police, who traced the number and found Faisal in Bangalore.

Faisal was brought to Kolkata on July 3. He was using a fake passport under the name Shahid Majumdar with the address of Mizoram, which is near Kachar. He obtained a driving license from Bangalore and a voter card from Silchar.

Kolkata Police are expected to hand over Faisal to the Bangladesh Police soon.

Ananta Bijoy Das was killed with machetes by masked men in Sylhet in 2015.

His elder brother Ratneswar Dash filed a murder complaint with Jalalabad police station against four people.

The judicial police inspector, Arman Ali, also an investigator in the case, filed in court on February 5, 2017 an additional indictment against the six defendants.

In March this year, a court in Sylhet sentenced four people to death for the murder of blogger Ananta.

Das has written blogs for Mukto-Mona, a website once moderated by Avijit Roy, himself hacked to death in February 2015.

Among the convicts, Abul Khayer, has been in prison since the case was filed in 2015, while two others – Harun Ur Rashid and Abul Hossain – are still at large.