Bangladesh police arrest suspect in attack on publisher

(From AP)

Police in Bangladesh’s capital say they have arrested a suspected member of a banned Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist writers.

Members of Bangladesh Police Detective Branch escort Mohd Sumon Hossain (C) in Dhaka

Members of Bangladesh Police Detective Branch escort Mohd Sumon Hossain (C) in Dhaka

Authorities produced suspect Mohammed Sumon Hossain in court Thursday, after arresting him Wednesday night near Dhaka’s airport.

Police counter-terrorism chief Monirul Islam told reporters that Hossain was a member of the banned Ansarullah Bangla Team.

He said Hossain was charged with taking part in an attack in October on publisher Ahmed Rashid Tutul, who worked on books by a prominent atheist writer who was killed in a separate attack.

Tutul survived the attack in his office in Dhaka’s Lalmatia area, in which two of his friends were also seriously injured. Tutul later received asylum in Norway.

Hindu teacher attacked

A Hindu lecturer on Wednesday survived a murder attempt when suspected Islamists barged into his home and hacked him with lethal weapons, critically injuring him, PTI reports.

Ripon Chakrabarty, a 50-year-old Mathematics lecturer at the Nazimuddin Government University College, was hacked with lethal weapons by the attackers who stormed his residence in Madaripur in southwestern Bangladesh.

Chakrabarty raised an alarm prompting local residents to grab one of the attackers while others fled.

“The detained attacker is now being questioned in our custody. We suspect he could be a member of a militant group,” Madaripur police superintendent Sarwar Hossain said.

A police sub-inspector said three assailants knocked at Ripon’s house and attacked him soon after he opened the door.

Chakrabarty is the only Hindu victim to survive an attack by Islamists who have hacked to death four members of the community in recent months.

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