Hindu temple volunteer hacked to death in Bangladesh
July 1st, 2016 at 12:41 pm
Hindu temple volunteer hacked to death in Bangladesh

Dhaka – Unidentified assailants hacked to death yet another volunteer of a Hindu temple in south-western Bangladeshi district of Jhenaidah on Friday, police said.

Police could not find any clue immediately, but suspect that the Islamist extremists might have carried out the latest attack.

A police officer quoting local residents said that three machete-wielding assailants came on a motorbike and stabbed the Shyamonando Das, 50, when he was collecting flowers for the morning prayers beside the Radhamadan Temple at Kasta Sagra village of Jhenaidah district.

Officer Hasan Hafizur Rahman said Das, who has been serving the temple as volunteer for the last three years, died on the scene.

The assailants left the spot quickly after the killing mission at the temple site located nearly 150 kilometres south-west of the capital Dhaka.

Sheikh Altaf Hossain, police chief of the district, said the type of attack was almost similar to the previous assaults on the bloggers, writers and people from minority faiths.

He said Das was chopped on his head and neck.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh has experienced a wave of attacks claimed by Islamist militants on secularist writers, teachers, publishers and rights activists, as well as priests and practitioners of minority faiths, leaving more than 40 people dead since early 2013.

The government has dismissed several claims of responsibility by Islamic State militants and al-Qaeda affiliates, saying local radical groups are thought to be behind most of the attacks.

No group has claimed responsibility of the latest attack.

In the wake of recurrence of such attacks, the government on June 7 launched crackdown on the militants across Bangladesh. The law enforcement arrested more than 12,000 people, including nearly 200 suspected radical Islamists.