Islamist militants in Bangladesh are continuing to attempt to kill internationally acclaimed award winning anti-jihadist journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury since July 2006. The office of the newspaper has been bombed and attacked a number of times, Choudhury himself was abducted at gunpoint by the members of Rapid Action Battalion [RAB] on March 18, 2008.
Now, two plainclothes men, one identifying himself as Sergent Rafiq [a man from Comilla district in Bangladesh), wearing rain coat and riding on motor bike came with another person to the residence of Weekly Blitz editor, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury at around 5:00 pm local time on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, inquiring about the car number, driver’s name, driver’s cell phone number and the time of Blitz editor’s going out of house etc.
Military backed interim government withdrew police protection from the residence of Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury in May 2008.
The way in which the plainclothes men asked questions put the very identity of these motor-cyclists in serious doubt. Also, earlier on February 22, 2009, one Shamim from the Directorate General Forces Intelligence led a team of men to attack the Blitz office.
This time, once again, the sudden visit by this Sergent Rafiq, as well as his way of inquiries, leave serious doubts about the security of the editor of the newspaper. A number of intelligence agencies have categorically denied that any of their men were sent to the residence of the Blitz editor.