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Asif’s condition not out of danger: physician

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Blogger Asif Mohiuddin undergoes treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Wednesday. — New Age photo Blogger Asif Mohiuddin undergoes treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Wednesday. — New Age photo

The police were yet to arrest any of the three attackers of a prominent Bangla blogger while the self-styled ‘militant atheist’ was fighting for life at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital since Monday night after being stabbed at Uttara in the capital.
The blogger, Asif Mohiuddin, 29, who is software engineer by profession at a Dhaka- based company, was attacked Monday night by three unidentified men in front of his office on Garibe Newaz Avenue in the area.
‘He is improving but still not out of danger,’ the DMCH Emergency resident surgeon Haridas Saha Pratap told New Age on Wednesday.
The hospital staff said Asif had six deep cuts including two grave ones in the shoulder.
Family members told New Age the attacked was carried out when he was about to enter the office at about 9:30pm on the day for night shift.
The police investigators said the nature of the cuts suggested that the attackers wanted to kill him. The physicians operated on him for more than four hours, they said.
Asif’s eldest sister Zahida Meherunnesa, also a teacher of Eden Women’s College, suspected that Asif came under attack for his critical writings on contemporary issues including women rights, fascism and Islamic fundamentalism.
The victim filed an attempt to murder case with the Uttara (west) police station following the attack.
The case investigation officer, subinspector Mahfuzur Rahman, told New Age that they had interrogated a number of people including a shopkeeper and guard in the area.
He said none was so far arrested in this connection.
‘It’s pre-planned as he was earlier threatened,’ he said, adding, they could not collect much information because of the critical condition of the victim. 
Asif’s blog http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog/realAsifM has been one of the most visited webpages in Bangladesh.
Asif studied at Dhaka College and then American International University of Bangladesh.




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