Noted Dhaka University Professor Ajoy Roy, father of slain writer and blogger Avijit Roy, passed away at Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (Birdem) Hospital in the city on Monday. He was 85.
Roy was admitted to the hospital with fever and breathing problem on November 25 and breathed his last at 12:35 pm at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, said Dr Ariful Haque, duty officer of the ICU.
Roy was founder and president of the Shishka Andolan Mancha (Platform For Education-Movement) and chairman of Shamriti Mancha (Platform for peace-harmony-tranquility).
He was also editor in chief of Muktanwesa magazine, a Bengali publication for promoting freethinking and secular humanism and member of advisory board of the Mukto-Mona, an internet forum of freethinkers, atheists.
In 2012, he received EkusheyPadak, the highest civilian award of Bangladesh.
Born in Dinajpur, Roy received his Bachelor's degree and master's degree from Dhaka University, and took his Doctor of Philosophy degree in physical chemistry from Leeds University of England.
His son Avijit Roy was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants near TSC on Dhaka University campus on 26 February, 2015.