Three motorcycle-borne Islamists hacked to death a Hindu priest in Bangladesh on July 1.
The priest, Shaymanonda Das, was about to start morning prayers at the Kastasagar village in the country’s south-western district of Jhenaidah before he was killed.
According to the police, the assailants used sharp machetes to hack on the 62-year-old priest’s neck several times while he was gathering flowers for the prayers.
Representational Image. Bangladeshi police officers guarding a site of murder.
Mahbubur Rahman, the head of the local administration, said that the killing bore the marks of similar killings of minorities carried out Islamists.
Police said that a local member of the Jamaat-e-Islami group had been arrested.
Attacks on the minority communities and seculars in Bangladesh have risen sharply in the last three years. More than 40 people have been killed by Islamist militants since February 2013.
The Islamic State and al-Qaeda took responsibility of some of the killings but all of them indicate to an ever present threat to life of those not adhering to a hardline version of Islam.
The government of Sheikh Hasina claims that it is very serious about the killings and has arrested thousands of people connected to the murders. Yet the killings are not stopping, indicating that Bangladesh is heading towards a situation of anarchy.
Practically, a kind of genocide against seculars and minorities is on in Bangladesh.
A 65-year-old Hindu priest was killed on June 7
in western Jhenaidah district. A Christian businessman was hacked to death on June 5 near a church. The same day terrorists killed the wife of a top anti-terror police officer. In February, militants stabbed to death a Hindu priest at a temple in Bangladesh. In April, a secular professor
was hacked to death by ISIS terrorists near his home in Rajshahi.
Last respects being offered to US blogger of Bangladeshi origin, Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death by Islamists in the country. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN
Two days after that Bangladesh’s first gay magazine editor, who was a relative of a politician, was brutally killed by Islamists
along with a friend in his flat in Dhaka. These are besides the killings of foreign nationals in the country. On June 14 even the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein took note of the killings and called for investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators.