United States, France and European Union have strongly condemned the gruesome killing of Rajshahi University teacher Prof AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee.US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, France Embassy and European Union Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon condemned the incident through separate messages.
“We condemn the senseless killing of Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee and mourn his loss,” said Marcia Bernicat in a statement yesterday.
“I have spoken with people who knew him well, and have learned about a humble, cultured man who loved the sitar and provided donations to local mosques. No claims made by violent extremists will overshadow his legacy,” said the statement.
Once again, we urge the Government of Bangladesh to condemn these murders and apprehend the perpetrators behind this and other attacks motivated by intolerance and hatred, read the statement.
“This murder is a direct attack upon intelligence, culture and spirit of generosity, which were what Professor Karim was representing,” said a statement issued by the French Embassy yesterday.
The Embassy called for quick investigation and punishment of the culprits, and it also paid its condolences to the professor’s family for their loss.
Meanwhile, European Union Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon hoped that a thorough investigation will bring the instigators and perpetrators of this crime to justice.
“Killings of academicians and intellectuals are irreparable losses to any society as a whole,” he said in a statement.
Mayaudon said the initial findings indicate that the crime was conducted by fanatics. “Should it be confirmed, this would be yet another terror attack in Bangladesh in a short period of time.”
He said it is comforting that students quickly expressed their rejection of this sickening aggression.
Ambassador Mayaudon conveyed his condolences to the family of Rezaul Karim, a professor of English Department at Rajshahi University who was murdered yesterday, in Rajshahi city’s Shalbagan area on Saturday in an attack that police say bears the hallmark of the previous blogger killings.