US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat says Washington is “hopeful” that the “real culprits” involved in the murder of blogger Avijit Roy will be caught and brought to justice.“It’s a very tough case. We continue to be optimistic there will be a breakthrough,” she told journalists in reply to a question following a programme she attended in the city.
The ambassador handed over light search and rescue and first aid equipment to the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) Directorate on Tuesday under a US funded project.Science writer-blogger Roy, who was also a US citizen, was killed in February last year while leaving the Bangla Academy Ekushey book fair in Dhaka with his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya.Bonya’s finger was chopped off when she tried to shield her husband from the assailants.
Eight suspects have been arrested since then. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is assisting police in investigating the case.Police have said the FBI found ‘some DNA samples’ from the 11 pieces of evidence gathered from the murder site.Ambassador Bernicat said the US embassy was “satisfied” at the cooperation received from the Bangladesh police.Earlier, speaking at the function, she stressed strengthening “earthquake resilience” in Bangladesh, particularly in a very rapidly urbanised Dhaka.“In times of natural crises, it is imperative to have systems already in place, to have a trained cadre of first responders and medical staff, and to have the equipment and tools required to respond to the disaster,” she said.The equipment, which will help save lives through search and rescue operation, was provided by USAID under a four-year $1.6 million project being implemented with the government.This was the second tranche of equipment under this project. The first tranche was handed over in Nov 2014.The equipment will be stored in selected fire stations in Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong, Gazipur, Mymensingh and Tangail.
source:greenwatch online desk