Hindu priest killed in Bangladesh

By PTI published on February 21, 2016

In yet another assault on minorities, a Hindu priest was today hacked to death by unknown men in a predawn attack on a temple in Bangladesh which also injured two devotees, police said.

They said the attack in northern Panchagarh district killed 50-year-old Jajneswar Roy and wounded two Hindu devotees at the temple premises while the assassins, presumed to be three in number, fled the scene on a motorbike.

Before fleeing the scene the killers fired gunshots and hurled crude bombs to avoid being chased injuring a neighbour who rushed to the spot to save the priest, Panchagarh police chief Giasuddin Ahmed said at the scene.

“The identity of the attackers or the motive behind the murder is not clear. Definitely we will launch an investigation and manhunt to track down the killers,” he said.

Sunni-majority Bangladesh has witnessed a series of systematic attacks on religious minorities in recent months that killed nine people including two foreigners and wounded nearly 100 others.

Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella was killed by unidentified assailants in Dhaka in September and and five days later Japanese farmer Kunio Hoshi was murdered. Both attacks were claimed by Islamic State-affiliated militants.

Also, moderate Sufi saint Khizir Khan, progressive book publisher Faisal Arefin Dipon, and a Sufi shrine worker were murdered while two Christian pastors, one an Italian doctor, narrowly escaped attacks.

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  1. Raj Puducode Reply

    February 22, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    At last one channel has had the courage to expose the Malda riots in its entirety. Mr .Arnab Goswami was at his mercurial best exposing the fraudsters who have been using the term “Secularism” to foster communal vote banks and remain in power. Muslims in India have been over pampered by all political parties to remain in power. Their swelling population poses a grave security risk in states from Kashmir to WB, Assam and Kerala. Entire stretches of our international land borders and coastline have been taken over by the Jihadi hardcore Muslims.
    W.Bengal & Kerala present a case study of what dangers are awaiting India in the times to come. Most Districts bordering Bangladesh & Arabian Sea has been packed with Bangladeshis andforeign Jihadis & a quick annexation by Bangladesh is a distinct possibility. Assam is another tinderbox waiting to explode. Kashmir is a brewing volcano. Down South, Kerala is becoming a major hub for fundamentalist training, ideology, and financing of terror groups. Government has to act decisively.The so called Secular Brigade (read anti Hindu and mostly Hindus) are playing with fire. It is time to change our Constitution, it is not in harmony with the existing times, it is abused and misused by politicians and bureaucrats for narrow purposes. Our Military and Police are being put in a tight spot by these petty minded people. See how the Police in Malda was pulverised and ravaged. The idea is to terrorize the Police into submission. Mamta Banerjee & CPM goondas need to own up the responsibility for her complicity, connivance and abetment of destruction of Malda Police Station.

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