He was known for his atheist views and criticism of Islam, was attacked at his home on Friday. He is believed to be the fourth secularist blogger to have been killed this year by suspected Islamist militants in Bangladesh.
Imran H Sarkar, head of the Bangladesh Blogger and Activist Network said, “Mr Neel had been an anti-extremist voice of reason, He was the voice against fundamentalism and extremism and was even a voice for minority rights especially women’s rights and the rights of indigenous people.”
Neel wrote posts condemning the recent killings of three other bloggers in his country.
Dhaka Police spokesman, Muntashirul Islam, used a different name for the blogger, whom he referred to as Niloy Chakrabarti.
He was killed in his apartment Friday afternoon by a group of five or six men.
“Two of them then took him to a room and then slaughtered him there,” deputy police commissioner Muntashirul Islam said.
“His wife was in the flat but she was confined to another room.”
Dhaka Police spokesman, Muntashirul Islam, said, “We know that Niloy used to work for non-governmental organisations in the past but we are not aware of his journalistic identity. We are investigating.”
Ansar al-Islam Bangladesh, an AL Qaeda group, has claimed responsibility for the killing.
In an emailed statement to local media outlets, Mufti Abdullah Ashraf, who claims to be the group’s spokesman, said: “By the permission of Allah, this operation took place today. We declare war against these worst enemies of Allah and his messenger.”
Bangladesh is officially secular but critics say the government is indifferent to attacks on bloggers by Islamist militants.