Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh
A Hindu priest was hacked to death on Friday in Jhenaidah district. Police said they did not know the motive behind the killing and no one is arrested so far.
Shaymanonda Das, 50, was preparing for morning prayers at Radha Madan Gopal Temple in Uttar Kastasagara village. Witnesses say he was attacked by three armed assailants on a motorbike.
US monitoring group SITE said the Islamic State (IS) terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.This is the latest in the serious of killings and attacks against religious minorities in Muslim dominated nation.
Quoting an eyewitness, a woman, Hossain said the murder occurred around 5.20 a.m.
Jhenaidah SP Sheikh Altaf Hossain said this murder resembles similar killings elsewhere in the country, where motorcycle-borne militants shot and hacked down secular bloggers, publishers, writers, Hindu priests, Buddhist monks, and Christian pastors.
“Shyamananda was picking flowers for ‘puja’ just outside the temple when three assailants approached him on a motorcycle and hacked him down,” Hossain said.
“To make sure he died, they rained multiple blows to his head with sharp weapons.”
A similar attack took place on June 7 when Hindu priest Ananda Gopal Ganguly, 69, hacked to death in Jhenaidah Sadar’s Mahishdanga village.
Last month a Hindu priest, 70-year-old Ananda Gopal Ganguly, was also hacked to death in a rice paddy field in the same district near his home.