Unknown assailants Friday have hacked to death one inmate of a Hindu ashram in Bangladesh’s Pabna town on the first day of a nationwide police crackdown on militants.
Nityaranjan Pandey, 60, a volunteer at a Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra Satsangha Ashram was murdered during his morning walk. Pandey was working as a volunteer at the ashram for the past 40 years.
“He has been serving here for the last 40 years. He went for a morning walk every day as he had diabetes,” The ashram’s General Secretary Jugol Kishore Ghosh quoted as saying by Bangladeshi daily bdnews24.
The police said the assailants attacked him on neck and head from behind.
“Locals found the body of Nitya Ranjan lying on a field, a few yards off the Hemayetpur mental hospital, around 5:00am,” Abdullah Al Hasan, officer-in-charge of Pabna Sadar Police Station, quoted as saying by Bangladeshi newspaper Daily Star.
Nobody has claimed the responsibility of the attack.
“We’ll look into all possible aspects. We can’t say right now if it was a militant attack,” he added.
The killing came three days after an elderly Hindu priest hacked to death by suspected Islamic State jihadists who nearly severed his head.
A Christian grocer were also hacked to death last sunday claimed by the Islamic State, hours after the wife of a top anti-terror police officer was shot dead by religious extremists.
Militants have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh, including members of religious minorities, liberal bloggers and academics, since February last year and have sparked public outrage.
Islamic State and al Qaeda have claimed responsibility for most of the killings, but the government denies either group has a presence in Bangladesh and says domestic militants are responsible.
A number of murders carried out in similar fashion across the country in the past two years have sparked public outrage.