Dhaka – Professor Ajoy Roy, a rights activist and freethinker, has died on Monday at a Dhaka hospital. He was 84.
Roy, father of slain US-writer and blogger Avijit Roy, breathed his last at BIRDEM hospital where he had been undergoing treatment of old-age complicacies, physicians said.
The retired professor had been suffering from fever and breathing problems, said Shahidul Hoque Mallik, director of the hospital. He was admitted to health facility on November 25.
Artificial ventilation support had been provided two days his admission to the hospital as his breathing problems deteriorated.
Ajoy Roy served as a professor of physics department of Dhaka University. After his retirement, Roy a freedom fighter of Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war, later worked for the University Grants Commission.
He is one of the founders of Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, which brought to the fore demands for trial of crimes committed during Bangladesh’s liberation war.
Founder of founded Shikkkha Andolan Mancha, Ajoy was awarded the country’s prestigious Ekushey Award for his contribution in physics research. His research was reviewed by the Nobel committee.
His son Avijit Roy, a US citizen and freethinker, was hacked to death by radical Islamists at Dhaka University campus in February 2015 when he was visiting Bangladesh to open one of his books at a book fair.
The murder of Avijit Roy is being tried in a Dhaka court. Ajoy Roy had vented frustration over the trial of the criminals for a few times. He appeared in the court in the last month as said he would not continue to appear for hearing.