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Hindu temple worker hacked to death in Bangladesh

Hindu temple worker hacked to death in Bangladesh
A man holds up the national flag as protesters block a street before they try to surround and block access to the High Commission of Pakistan in Dhaka December 18, 2013. Police used batons as hundreds of protesters try to surround and block access to the high commission, in protest of a resolution adopted by the National Assembly of Pakistan. The statement by the National Assembly of Pakistan expressed concern over the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah on December 12, 2013, the first war crimes execution in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has summoned Pakistan's High Commissioner in Dhaka for a meeting to discuss the resolution, local media reported. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Dhaka: A Hindu temple worker was hacked to death by unidentified assailants in Bangladesh’s Pabna district on Friday morning.

Nitya Ranjan Pande, 60, was a worker at Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra Satsanga Ashram at Hemayetpur in Pabna Sadar upazila.

Alamgir Kabir, superintendent of police in Pabna, confirmed the killing but said the motive behind the killing is yet to be known, reports Daily Star.

Abdullah Al Hasan, officer-in-charge of Pabna Sadar Police Station said that the locals found the body of Nitya Ranjan lying on a field, a few yards off the Hemayetpur mental hospital, around 5:00 a.m. local time.

He added that police is investigating the incident.

With today’s murder, at least eight people became victims of such targeted killings since May 1.

Few days ago, a Hindu priest was hacked to death in Jhenaidah, a Christian grocer in Natore and the wife of a crime-burster senior police officer in Chittagong.

The murder in the region took place amid a weeklong clampdown that has been launched by the police on militants across the country which starts today.

Over the last two years, suspected militants have attacked and killed university professors, writers, publishers, secular bloggers, gay rights activists, and members of religious minorities for being vocal about their opinion or not sharing the same religious thoughts as they do. (ANI)