Bangladesh: Second Hindu Priest attacked in two days, hospitalized in critical condition


Dhaka: The attacks on minorities in Bangladesh continued on Saturday when a Hindu priest was attacked in Satkhira Sadar Upazila. The victim, Bhabasindhu Bor, priest of local Sree Radha Govinda temple in Brahmarajpur village was attacked by 7-8 men.

The Hindu priest was critically injured in the attack and taken to the hospital. It was second deadly attack on religious minority in last two days. On Friday, a Hindu priest was hacked to death by three men.

According to initial reports, Bhabasindhu Bor, priest of local Sree Radha Govinda temple in Brahmarajpur village, was attacked by 7-8 men. The assailants immediately fled the scene. Bor has been admitted to the hospital and is expected to be in a critical condition. Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday threatened to stop the Dhaka-Kolkata train and hold dharna in front of Benapole-Petrapole border gate if the killing of Hindus did not stop there.

On Friday, Shymanondo Das, in his mid 50s, was hacked by three motorcycle-borne assailants when he was plucking flowers for morning prayers at a garden in the Radhamodon Gopal Moth premises in Jhenaidah. The attack on Das came hours after the murder of Buddhist man Mong Shwe Lung Marma, 55, in Bandarban on Thursday.

The Muslim-majority Bangladesh is reeling from a wave of murders of secular and liberal activists and religious minorities. The ISIS and al-Qaeda in Indian Peninsula have claimed responsibility for some of the attacks although the government denies their presence in Bangladesh.

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