Khilgaon police OC Mustafizur Rahman told bdnews24.com that ‘Niloy’ was slaughtered in his flat on the fourth floor of a building at North Gorhan around 1:45pm on Friday.
He said five assailants had entered the flat in two groups after the Juma prayers and killed him.
Niloy, the fourth blogger to be murdered this year, lived in that flat with his family.
Imran H Sarker, the Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson, told bdnews24.com that Niloy was an activist of the platform, carrying on a movement demanding a ban on Islamist parties and the maximum punishment for 1971 war criminals.
“Niloy was also a regular blogger,” he added.
Sarker said the attackers had entered the building posing as potential tenants.
In February, writer-blogger Avijit Roy was hacked to death near Dhaka University’s TSC.
A month later, another blogger Oyasiqur Rahman was killed in a similar fashion in the capital as violence against secularists continued.
Two months later, secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was killed in Sylhet.
All three killed were involved with the Ganajagaran Mancha.
In May, terror group al-Qaeda’s Indian offshoot had claimed responsibility for the killing of secular bloggers in Bangladesh whom it described as ‘blasphemers’.
Radical group Ansar Bangla also claimed responsibility for the deaths.
Two years ago, Mancha activist Ahmed Rajib Haider, another blogger, was hacked to death near his Mirpur home in Dhaka.
The BBC has just published the story:
A Bangladeshi blogger known for his secular views has been hacked to death by a gang armed with machetes in the capital Dhaka, police say.
Niloy Neel was attacked at his home in the city’s Goran area.
He is the fourth secularist blogger to have been killed this year by suspected Islamist militants in Bangladesh.
Mr Neel was on a list of bloggers viewed as targets by the militants, the head of the Bangladesh Blogger and Activist Network told AFP news agency.
Imran H Sarkar said the attackers entered Mr Neel’s room, “shoved his friend aside and then hacked him [Neel] to death”.
BBC South Asia editor Charles Haviland says that, like previous victims, Mr Neel was not only secular but atheist and like two of the others he was from a Hindu, not a Muslim, background.
Police said about six attackers had tricked their way into Mr Neel’s home by saying they were looking to rent a flat.
“Two of them then took him to a room and slaughtered him there,” deputy police commissioner Muntashirul Islam said.
“His wife was in the flat but she was confined to another room.”
All our solidarity and love to our beloved Bangladeshi comrades.
Le fascisme ne passera pas!
Update: (Bangladesh. Star)