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Hindu ashram worker hacked to death in Bangladesh

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DHAKA — Unidentified attackers have hacked a 62-year-old Hindu ashram worker to death in Bangladesh — the latest in a series of such attacks on religious minorities in the mainly-Muslim country.

Police said Nitya Ranjan Pandey was taking his regular early morning walk when he was attacked.

“Several attackers hacked him in the neck … he died on the spot,” local police chief Abdullah Al-Hasan said.

“He had been working at the monastery for around 40 years.”

The killing came days after an elderly Hindu priest and a Christian were hacked to death in attacks claimed by Islamic State.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for this latest killing.

However, the head of police in the north-western district of Pabna where the Shri Shri Thakur Anukulchandra Ashram is located, said the killing bore the hallmarks of recent attacks by Islamist extremists.

“There was no eyewitness to the attack as it happened very early in the morning,” Alamgir Kabir said.

Bangladesh is reeling from a wave of murders of secular and liberal activists and religious minorities that have left nearly 50 people dead in the last three years.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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