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.
Two held on charge of girls trafficking
BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.
The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.
The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.
Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.
According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.
It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.
The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.Follow @gorkhapost