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A fearless soul

Ahmed Rajib Haidar

Rajib knew his life was in danger, but he did not bother. He kept doing his job as an ardent online activist against Jamaat-Shibir and war criminals, said his family members.

"Lately, he had been working tirelessly. He spent several sleepless nights at Shahbagh. He would say they were now fighting for a war criminals-free Bangladesh," said his father Dr Md Najim Uddin.

A libertarian, Rajib graduated in architecture from Asia Pacific University in 2004. As a free spirit, he could not continue in a job for long. Mega Builders was his last workplace.

He was preparing to go abroad for higher studies in architecture, said his relatives.

Rajib was born in 1980. Till class-V, he studied at a school in Iran as the family lived there for his father's job.

He passed SSC from the Government Laboratory High School in Dhaka in 1996 and HSC from Kapasia Degree College in 1998.

Rajib was not an activist of any political party; he dedicated himself to the cause of war crimes trial, said his father.

"In his childhood, we took special care so he is well versed in the country's history, in particular, the Liberation War. He wanted to do something for the country," he added.

Rajib had designed the proposed memorial for freedom fighters at Kapasia, construction of which was scheduled to begin soon. His grandfather Mafizuddin Master was founder-president of Gazipur Awami League. His mother Nargis Haidar is women affairs secretary of Kapasia AL.

"In 1971, the occupation Pakistan army burnt down his ancestral home in its first assault on the area. As a member of this family, Rajib learnt to hate war criminals from his early days," said Khurrom Haidar, Rajib's maternal uncle.

Rajib married his university classmate, Anika, four and a half months back, but they were not living together.

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You have stated only one side of the story. There are other elements on his character too. He used to ridicule Prophet Muhammad, instigate hatredand insulted the sentiment of the ordinary Muslim by dirty and cheap shots. Don't you think this side of the story needs to be known as well? Targeting people for their religion is not something that we encourage or praise in democracy.

: Jumana Sarwar

It is very painful to accept that an individual has to die for expressing his opinion. Nonetheless, it exemplifies how shallow is the politics of Jamaat and it brings to question whether they should be allowed to have a legal existence within a secular society.



  • a concerned
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 01:08 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    The media is now on acid test. They make so much hue and cry for any disappearance of individual, violation of human rights and other rights,

    What the media is going to say now ? can they identify the killer ? can they make the government accountable for this killing and its failure to protect the Blogger ?

    One can see the beginning of new genocide by the Jamaat and Sibir and its Islamist allies. Can any body say, where it would end ?

  • Quazi Rahman
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 01:27 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Jammat and shibir men should be dismembered from their Bangladeshi citizenship and be deported to Pakistan where they belong.

  • Mohammad Jasim
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 01:45 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Hundred thousand Rajib was born today and will be born in the coming days by this brutal killing which remind us that it is Jamat who would perpetrate this sort of killing of our freedom fighters and intellectuals in 1971. Jamat was defeated in 1971 despite having military support from Pakistan and will be defeated now once again forever. Joy Bangla.

  • Dev Saha
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 01:57 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Sorry to see a brave soul to depart in such a tragic way. The man had plenty of fire in his belly and now, he is gone forever. The ghosts of 71's are back to fight their dirty war for another day. My deepest condolences for the parents. A great loss for us, all!

  • Mehdi, Canada
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 04:19 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    This guy was an atheist. He wasn't just against Jamaat but against Islaam itself.

    While his death was unfortunate, the Daily Star is obviously trying to portray his as something he wasn't.

  • Mohammed Shah Alam Khan from Ottawa
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 06:32 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    I am happy to see that the body was cover with national flag and to be told Shaheed. I am praying for peace of his soul.

  • milton
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:22 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    he is one of the hero in this era. sacrificed himself to save us from razakar. we salute him from the bottom of our soul.

  • arafat
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 01:34 PM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    I read one of his writings. I am sorry to say-I got him absolutely STUPID.





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