Bangladesh

Unidentified killers hacked a Hindu tailor to death in Bangladesh

May 01, 2016 02:10 PM
People protest in dhaka against the killing of Nikhil Chandra Joarder (50)

 

 The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility of killing 

The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility of killing Dhaka: Unidentified attackers hacked a Hindu tailor to death near his workplace in Gopalpur upazila of Tangail district near Dhaka on Saturday.

Police and eyewitness said three young men, who came on a motorcycle, hacked Nikhil Chandra Joarder (50) and left him dead on the spot.

In February suspected Islamists had decapitated a top Hindu priest inside a temple complex in a northern district, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

“They came on a motorcycle and attacked him as he sat on a roadside. They hacked him on his head, neck and hand,” deputy chief of Tangail district police Aslam Khan, told AFP.

They also left behind a bag in which several bomb-like objects were found. A bomb disposal unit rushed to the spot .

Police suspect a “derogatory” comment Joarder made about Prophet Muhammad might be the reason for the attack. Local Muslims had filed a complaint against him then. He was charged with hurting religious sentiments and spent three weeks in jail.

“But the trial did not proceed after the complainants withdrew the charges,”  said Abdul Jalil, the police chief of Gopalpur sub-district.

The Islamic State group-affiliated Aamaq news agency issued a statement saying “elements of the Islamic State stabbed to death by knife a Hindu in Tangail in Bangladesh who was known for insulting Prophet Muhammad”. It did not give further details.

The murder came less than a week after suspected Islamist militants hacked to death two gay rights activists in the capital Dhaka, and about 10 days after the murder of Rajshahi University professor A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddiquee.

In February suspected Islamists had decapitated a top Hindu priest inside a temple complex in a northern district, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

The attack was similar to recent killings of atheist bloggers, academics, religious minorities and most recently a gay rights activist in Bangladesh by radical Islamists. Five people have already been killed in such attacks this year and nine were killed last year.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday blamed the “nexus” between the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the Jamaat-e-Islami over the targeted killings. However Ms. Hasina hoped the people will reject such destructive politics and all such plots to destabilise the country would be foiled.

The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility of killing 

The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility of killing a Hindu tailor in Bangladesh’s Tangail district.

According to jihadi threat monitoring portal SITE Intelligence Group, Nikhil Chandra Joarder (50), was hacked to death in Gopalpur on Saturday, bdnews24 reported.

Police said unidentified assailants on motorbikes killed Joarder in front of his tailoring shop at around 12.30 p.m.

“Three youths arrived at the shop of Nikhil. They took him to a nearby road saying they need to talk to him. Then they hacked him indiscriminately and fled after confirming his death,” a police official said.

He was killed in a manner similar to that of several bloggers, rights activists and university teachers.

Nikhil earlier served three-month in jail in a case over slandering of Prophet Muhammad.

Several people including, foreign nationals, bloggers, human rights activists and university teachers were hacked to death in the last one year.

In most of the cases, Al-Qaeda or the IS have claimed responsibility.

 

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