Neither the Bangladesh Police nor the US agency Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have ever contacted with Rafida Ahmed Bonya regarding the probe into the murder of her husband Avijit Roy, founder of Mukto-Mona blog, since she had returned to the US four days after the attack.
In a post published yesterday, Mukto-Mona blog termed “baseless” the recent news reports run by local media outlets, quoting detectives, that Bonya had identified two of the seven suspected killers.
The post, written by its editor, also said: “We want the murderers of Avijit Roy to be arrested and punished to the fullest extent of the law. We want the murderers of Ananta Bijoy Das to be arrested and punished. We want the highest possible punishment through due process for the murderers of Rajib Haider, Washiqur Rahman Babu, and all other freethinkers.
"We do not want press conferences or news reports full of falsehoods."
It said: "The US intelligence agency the FBI has remained in regular contact with Bonya Ahmed...no one on behalf of the government of Bangladesh felt it necessary to speak directly to Bonya Ahmed."
On June 6, a senior official of the Detective Branch of police told the Dhaka Tribune that they had sent the photos of the suspects to the FBI for verification, and Avijit’s wife, who was also injured in the attack, identified two of them as being at the scene of the murder.
DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam on June 7 claimed that the seven Ansarullah Bangla Team members, who had killed science writer Avijit Roy, also instigated the murder of secular activist Oyasiqur Rahman Babu.
But the seven suspects had not been involved in Babu killing. The two killers, caught just after killing Babu on March 30, did not belong to Ansarullah but were followers of its chief Jasim Uddin Rahmani who professed to kill atheists, he said.
“We also suspect that some of these seven killers were present during the attack on Babu,” Monirul, also the chief of DB police, told the Dhaka Tribune.
The detectives earlier said two-three people involved in the murder of Avijit had visited a mess in south Jatrabari before and after the attack. Babu's killers – madrasa students Zikrullah and Ariful – said this duirng inetrrogation. The duo also claimed that they had been trained along with three others at the mess for at least 15 days.