Hindu monastery worker done to death in Bangladesh

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A Hindu monastery worker was hacked to death by unidentified attackers, while he was taking a morning walk in Bangladesh on 10 June.

Bangladesh police said Nityaranjan Pande has been working in the monastery for the past 40 years.

This was the second murder after another priest was killed by three suspected ISIS jihadists in the Muslim-majority nation, which has seen a string of brutal attacks recently.

Pandey of Thakur Anukul Chandra Satsanga Paramtirtha Hemayetpurdham ashram was done to death by several unidentified assailants, said ASP (Sadar Circle) Selim Khan.

He was attacked near the ashram in Pabna’s Hemayetpur Upazila during his regular morning walk, added Khan.

No one has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack so far.

But the head of police in Pabna district where the ashram is located said the killing bore the hallmarks of recent attacks by Islamist extremists on minorities.

It may be noted that Bangladesh is currently staggering under a wave of murders of secular and liberal activists that have left 50 people dead in the past three years.

PM Sheikh Hasina’s government has, however, blamed homegrown Islamists for the attacks, rejecting claims of responsibility from IS and Al-Qaeda.

While around 90 percent of Bangladesh’s 160 million-strong population is Muslim, eight percent of the population is Hindu.