Bangladesh : Militant arrested for attempting to kill Bangladeshi publisher


DHAKA : Detectives in the Bangladesh capital on Thursday announced the arrest of a suspected member of the banned Ansarullah Bangla Team for his alleged involvement in an attack on a secular publisher last year. DMP Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman identified the suspect as Md Sumon Hossain Patwari alias Shihab alias Saiful aka Shakib.

Tutul's publishing house ‘Shuddhashar’, whose publications were deemed blasphemous by extremists, had published writings of local secular writers. Suddhashar won the Shaheed Munir Chowdhury Award in 2013. Tutul was nominated for the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize 2016.

He was attacked in his office in Dhaka last October. “Sumon has admitted to taking part in the attack and hitting the victim thrice with a meat cleaver,” the Dhaka Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Police placed a Tk200,000 bounty on his head last month. The suspect has divulged important information about Ansarullah, the DMP added.