Bangladesh: Hindu monastery worker hacked to death

    Bangladesh: Hindu monastery worker hacked to death

    June 10, Dhaka: A Hindu monastery worker has been hacked to death by unidentified attackers in Bangladesh, the latest in a string of attacks on secular and minority targets.

    Nityaranjan Pande, 62, died on the spot after several people attacked him early on Friday, AFP news agency said citing police.

    "As a diabetic, everyday he walks early in the morning. Today as he was walking, several attackers hacked him in the neck... He died on the spot," local police station chief Abdullah Al-Hasan told AFP

    His murder comes after the body of a Hindu priest was found with his head nearly severed in a field on Tuesday.

    Most of the attacks have been blamed on, or claimed by, Islamist militants. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

    "He was a simple man. He had no enemies," local NGO worker Naresh Madhu told local news agency bdnews24.
    Bdnews24 said the attack happened very close to the monastery.

    More than 40 people have been killed since January last year in a wave of attacks on those seen by extremists as offensive to Islam, including secular bloggers, academics and gay rights activists, news reports said.

    The Oslo Times International News Network