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Al-Qaeda unit claim responsibility for Avijit murder

Over two months since the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed responsibility for the killing. Since the claim has come so long after the murder, it’s authenticity is naturally questionable. The actual question is, why has not the mystery been unearthed of this killing which took place in front of the law enforcement agencies? Why have not the killers who have “gone into hiding” been caught as yet?

Quoting US-based SITE Intelligence, AFP reports that AQIS leader Asim Umar in a video message stated that members of his organisation had killed Avijit. The Indian daily Indian Express reported that the video message also claimed that they had killed the Bangladeshi blogger Rajiv Haider, Rajshahi University teacher Shafiul Islam and Karachi University teacher Shakil Auj. However, Rajiv was killed a year before AQIS started up and the police have said that Ansarullah Bangla Team were involved in his killing. RAB and the police have adopted opposing stands concerning the murder to Shafiul.

With such killings taking place one after the other, the killers not being nabbed, and investigations going slow even if they are nabbed, the matter is getting more and more confusing. No matter who killed Avijit, blogger Rajiv, Oyasiqur or Shafiul, it is the responsibility of the law enforcement agencies to find them.

The police failed to catch the perpetrators of two killings this year. The public managed to catch two killers in another murder incident, but the mystery of who was actually behind the killing remains unsolved.

With the Al-Qaeda claim, the killing of Avijit and the others has come to the limelight again. It has also focussed on the failure of the law enforcement agencies.  It has now become most imperative for the law enforcement agencies to ascertain the identity of the killers.

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