"Two of the suspects are now in our custody...they are Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) members," a police spokesman said about the arrests in connection with Niloy Chakrabarty Neel's murder at his flat here last Friday.
The police spokesman identified the detained suspects as Saad-al-Nahin and Masud Rana and said they were under surveillance as suspected ABT members.
The arrests came amid criticism of police after Inspector General Shahidul Haque asked the bloggers not to 'cross the limit' or write anything which hurts religious beliefs of others.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal also stood by the police chief in urging the bloggers to be cautious but said all steps were being taken to arrest the culprits and 'they cannot evade justice'.
"Neel wrote nothing which could have hurt anyone in that way...actually the extremist Islamists are trying to create space for themselves using religion," Neel's friend and fellow blogger Meraj Mohamad said.
The murder of Neel, who was brutally killed inside his flat here with 14 hack wounds found on his body, is the fourth such brutal death in the country. The US had condemned the hacking to death of Neel as a 'cowardly murder' and underlined the need to work together to counter violent extremism.


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