Staff Correspondent:Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia on Tuesday said the killers of writer and blogger Avijit Roy have been identified.
ï¿½Weï¿½ve already arrested eight of the suspected killers and the main accused was killed in a gunfight with law enforcers in Khilgaon earlier,ï¿½ he said. The DMP chief said this while talking to reporters about safety measures taken for the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela (Book Fair) during a visit on the Bangla Academy premises and part of Suhrawardy Udyan, the venues of the annual book fair.
Asaduzzaman said police also are on a manhunt to arrest five other accused. ï¿½Thereï¿½ll be multilayer security arrangements for the visitors and tourists.
If any blogger, writer and publisher feels insecured during the book fair, we will arrange special security for him or her,ï¿½ he said.
He further said controversial books that have contents attacking any particular religion, person or group will not be allowed to be put on display in the fair. ï¿½Weï¿½ve requested the Bangla Academy authorities, writers and bloggers to keep this matter in mind,ï¿½ said the DMP chief. Detectives, members of counter-terrorism and transnational crime unit will also be present at the book fair to preempt any untoward incidents, the DMP commissioner said. ï¿½A watch tower has been set up and a number of CCTV cameras have been installed to bring every corner of the book fair under surveillance. Thereï¿½ll be check-posts in Shahbagh, Doyel Chattar and Shaheed Minar areas,ï¿½ Asaduzzaman added. He said no hawker will be allowed in the areas adjacent to book fair.
ï¿½Besides bomb disposal units will be deployed in the areas to to control any emergency situation,ï¿½ added Asaduzzaman. During the book fair in 2015, US-American writer-blogger Avijit Roy was hacked to death by suspected Islamist extremists near the fair venue. His wife was also injured in the attack.