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.
2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house
DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.
The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.
It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.
Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.
Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.
Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.
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