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Bangladesh Killings: Hindu Priest Hacked to Death at a Temple in Broad Daylight

Bangladesh has witnessed a spike in suspected Islamist attacks in the last two years

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  • Although Islamic State has taken responsibility for some recent killings in the past, officials have continuously denied the presence of the group
  • A similar incident took place, in which a 70-year-old Hindu priest was killed
  • Police have not been successful at making any arrests yet

Unidentified assailants have shot to death another Hindu priest today at a temple in Bangladesh, confirmed police and senior administration.

Shaymanonda Das, 45, was brutally killed in front of a temple in Jhenaidah district headquarters, located 300 km south-west from the country’s capital Dhaka.

Mahbubur Rahman, the chief of Jhenaidah district administration said, “He was preparing morning prayers with flowers at the temple early in the morning and that time three young people came by a motorbike and killed him with machetes and fled away.”

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Talking about the further investigation to Reuters, he added, “The nature of killing was similar with the local militants, but we cannot say more at the moment,” quoted India Today.

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Although Islamic State has taken responsibility for some recent killings in the past, officials have continuously denied the presence of the group, alleging that home-grown groups are behind the recent killings.

While the motive behind the shooting is still not known, the police have been unsuccessful in making any arrest so far.

Earlier, on June 7 a similar incident took place, in which a 70-year-old Hindu priest was killed, when he was riding a bicycle to Naldanga Bazar to perform puja, reported The Hindu.

Ananda Gopal Ganguly was attacked by three men who came on a motorcycle carrying sharp arms.

Later, his body was found in a rice field by some farmers near his village. The Islamic terror group then took responsibility for the attack.

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Apparently, Bangladesh has witnessed a spike in suspected Islamist attacks in the last two years. Its victims have primarily been bloggers, online activists, secular intellectuals, and members of religious minorities.

Previously, Amnesty International has also demanded a thorough and impartial investigation into these gory incidents and proclaimed that the government should “protect those still under threat.”

The group added, “In the current climate of impunity, increasing numbers of people have reported facing threats that the authorities have repeatedly failed to address.”

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    What is the Bangladesh government doing?Aren’t they supposed to provide an answer as to who killed the priest? How long are they going to deny the presence of IS in their country?

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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad gather during a rally in New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2018. The group gathered thousands of supporters to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque was attacked, demolished in 1992. VOA

Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)