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Rajib was targeted for his blog

Online Jamaat-Shibir activists had branded the slain blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider as an atheist who they said should have been resisted.

Rajib, better known by his online identity as Thaba Baba, was one of the main initiators of the movement at Shahbagh, demanding death penalty for war criminals, according to a web post on Sonarbangla, a blog run by Jamaat-Shibir activists.

An image of Rajib's Facebook page was also posted on the same blog.

On February 11, a Sonarbangla blogger with a pseudonym, Sporsher Baire (Out of Touch), wrote about the organisers of the ongoing Shahbagh movement.

Rajib was also named on the site.

After Rajib was brutally murdered in Mirpur in Dhaka on Friday, the Facebook page was not found on the site.

The Daily Star, however, had captured an image of this blog page.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked the Sonarbangla blog yesterday morning.

The Bloggers and Online Activists Network has been demanding that the government block the page since it launched the protest on February 5 hours after an international crimes tribunal awarded Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah life term for war crimes.

Ahmed Rajib Haider used to write as Thaba Baba on different blogs. In his last Facebook status posted Friday afternoon, he called for banning the institutions owned by the Jamaat-e-Islami, an ally of the BNP-led 18-party opposition, in Bangladesh.

But mysteriously, most of the writings by Thaba Baba are not available on the internet from yesterday. A few of his writings are available, but whether those were written by Thaba Baba is not clear.

According to different bloggers' posts in Facebook, Shibir cadres have continued campaigning against the activists of the movement.

For example, a person named Dhansiri Wahid in his status on Facebook termed several of Shahbagh activists as atheists.

"It is a duty of all Muslims to kill those atheists," he said.

Wahid named Thaba Baba, Asif Mohiuddin, Bami Shial, Arif Jebotik, Doctor Aizu, Nijhum Majumder and other bloggers, saying he wanted to kill them himself.

Another Facebook account holder Farabi Shafiur Rahman in a post said the imam who conducted the namaz-e-janaza of Rajib yesterday at Shahbagh would also be killed.

This person also suggested throwing Rajib's body to tigers at the Mirpur Zoo.

Last month, another blogger Asif Mohiuddin was stabbed at Uttara in the capital by some unknown people but he survived. Asif is a friend of the activists of Shahbagh movement.

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Jamaat-Sibir did the similar heinous crimes against humanity during liberation war. These criminals' politics of terror should be immediately banned including the institutions owned by the Jamaat-e-Islami, an ally of the BNP-led 18-party opposition, in Bangladesh.

: naabaj

On what evidence anyone can know who killed him and why they killed him?

Before any credible investigation, how can the PM/AL's claim that JI killed him? Just politicizing and fueling the fire of anti-religious agenda to reap the political benefit?

: Roni Rahman


  • Labu Khan
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 01:37 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Brilliant. A war against Internet trolls.

    Our parliament should pass a bill

    stating that an administrator could upon request remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.

    By passing this bill, bloggers can post whatever they want at their own risk and at the same time law enforcing agencies can track unwanted elements.

  • Alminka
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 02:19 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Islam does not permit anyone to kill another person nor hurt anyone feelings with negative comments so these alleged assertions are false.

    Anybody can down load lectures on Islam from YouTube to know that truth so always Google it or visit YouTube. All religions expressly forbid killings.

  • bonda babu
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 03:04 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Rajib was assassinated by awami league cadres for two reasons, to boost the shahbag protest sentiment in the country as well as ridding the awami league of an upcoming popular political opponent ie rajib.

  • tariq
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 07:33 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    RAJIB is targeted not for his blog , for his involvement in shahbag movement .

  • Firko
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 07:58 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    No body needs any certificate from Islami Chatra Shibir and Jamaat shibir to go to heaven. Their brothers (Talebans) in Afganistan and Pakistan are giving certificates through killing and bloodshed.

    I strongly urge the people to ban Islami Chatra Shibir immediately.


  • Nasim Hasan
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 09:57 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    These bloggers are modern day intellectuals. Their fault is they are demanding capital punishments to the war criminals and ban of Jamaat & Shibir from doing politics in Bangladesh as these parties are spreading hatred, misjudgement, misconceptions in the name of Islam.

  • OpeeMonir
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 01:16 PM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    I want to be a blogger like Rajib and I want to die like a hero; can some teach me how to become a blogger. I want to write and I like to write till the day the nation is truly liberated in the sense that we are economically not shackled anymore. We want to be a free country and lead possibly the whole world one day.

  • f.rahman
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 04:46 PM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Those who killed Razib are not human beings.





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