Third Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh

Shyamanondo Das was attacked while he was plucking flowers; he is the third Hindu priest to be killed in Bangladesh this year

Dhaka: A Hindu priest in Bangladesh was yesterday brutally hacked to death by three machete-wielding assailants, the third priest from the community to be killed this year.

The priest's killers quickly fled the scene, a pattern that was followed in previous such attacks on secular or liberal activists and religious minorities File pic for representation
The priest's killers quickly fled the scene, a pattern that was followed in previous such attacks on secular or liberal activists and religious minorities File pic for representation

Shymanondo Das, in his mid 50s, was attacked by three assailants riding a motorcycle who hacked him while he was plucking flowers for morning prayers at a garden in the Radhamodon Gopal Moth premises in Jhenaidah, said Jbahar Ali Sheikh, additional superintendent of police in Jhenidah.

"Three motorbike-borne assailants attacked (priest) Shymanondo Das with machetes...doctors declared him dead at Jhinaidah Sadar Hospital," said a police officer.

"To make sure he died, they rained multiple blows on his head and neck with sharp weapons," a police official said. Officer-in-charge of the nearby police station said the killers quickly fled the scene, a pattern that was followed in previous such attacks on secular or liberal activists and religious minorities.

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