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Farewell to Bangladesh's brave blogger
Publication Date : 18-02-2013
Braving inclement weather and facebook propaganda not to attend the namaj-e-janaza (funeral prayer) of Bangladeshi blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider, thousands of people yesterday paid their last tribute to him at Gazipur where he was laid to rest.
As Haider's body reached his home around 9:30am, the air in Kapasia filled with grief.
Relatives and several thousand locals, already gathered at the blogger's house near the Kapashia Bus Stand, broke down in tears.
“My son lost his life due to an international conspiracy as he wrote against war criminals and fundamentalists,” Haider's father Mohammad Nazim Uddin said.
Criminals had hacked Ahmed Rajib Haider, a blogger and activist of Shahbagh movement, on the road near his house at Palash Nagar in Dhaka's Pallabi on Friday night.
The murder case filed with Pallabi Police Station on Saturday was transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of police. The police have so far detained eight people for interrogation in connection with the murder but did not divulge their identity.
Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday urged the government to arrest Haider's killers and ensure exemplary punishment to those found guilty.
“On behalf of the parliament, I strongly condemn the brutal killing and express our condolence to the bereaved family,” he said in response to Awami League lawmaker Tofail Ahmed's proposal to adopt a condolence motion.
Taking the floor, Tofail proposed to stand in silence for a minute. Supporting the cause, a number of lawmakers of the ruling Awami League-led alliance also sought the floor to speak on the issue.
Haider's first namaj-e-janaza was held at Shahbagh popularly known as 'Projonmo Chottor' while the second was held at Palash Nagar in Pallabi on Saturday. The third namaj-e-janaza was held in Kapasia Pilot High School premises after Zohr prayers in presence of thousands of grief-stricken people. The last prayer was held at his native village Shrashpur, and around 5:15pm, he was laid to rest at his family graveyard.
To mourn his death, Kapasia Awami League on Saturday declared a two-day programme, including wearing black badges, hoisting black flags at all business establishments and homes in the Upazila.
The national flag was hoisted at all schools and madrasas in the Upazila yesterday morning and students sang the national anthem expressing solidarity with the Shahbagh protesters.
A monument designed by Haider, who was an architect, would be constructed on the Upazila's Muktijoddha Chottor soon as the ministry concerned approves the design, said Mohammad Shahidullah, president of the upazila Awami League unit.