Dhaka University vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique on Thursday inaugurated the construction work of a monument in memory of slain writer Avijit Roy. The vice-chancellor paid a tribute to Roy by placing wreaths at his portrait on the premises of Teacher-Student Centre where the writer was hacked to death by assailants during a Bangla Academy Book Fair in 2015.
Avijt’s father professor Ajoy Roy of DU Physics Department, professor Abul Barkat, sculptor Rasha and DU Mass Communication and Journalism Department teacher Robaet Ferdous were also present on the occasion, among others.
The monument was named as ‘Mukta Chinta Sthambha’ as a symbol of free thinking to commemorate memories of writer Avijit Roy.
“The sculpture will stand as a witness to the memory of Avijit and people’s freedom of expression,” professor Arefin said.
He said free thinkers like Avijt Roy were murdered by the people of same ideology who killed 30 lakh people during the liberation war in 1971.