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Manik Saha, New Age, BBC World Service
19 January 2004

A journalist for the daily New Age and stringer for the Bengali service of the BBC World Service Manik Saha, was killed when a home-made bomb was thrown at him at Khulna in the south-west on 15 January 2004.

Saha died instantly when the bomb was thrown by unknown assailants who stopped the rickshaw in which he was returning home from covering a meeting of the opposition Awami League, via the press club of which he was president for several years. He was decapitated by the bomb. The bombers managed to escape but several people witnessed the attack. Police were called but made no immediate statement.

Saha’s colleagues questioned by the BCDJC said the journalist knew his life was in danger. He had received death threats by telephone a few months earlier.

A former correspondent for the daily Sangbad in Khulna, Saha told the bureau chief of the BBC World Service in Dhaka that he felt himself to be under threat. He had been writing about the illegal activities of armed Maoist groups and local criminal gangs.