Latest Bangladesh slaughter: victim was a ‘blasphemer’
Nikhil Chandra Joarder, inset, who was hacked to death by at least two attackers outside his shop at the weekend, may have been killed for making derogatory remarks about the ‘Prophet’ Mohammed several years ago.
The IS-affiliated Amaq news agency is quoted here as saying:
Elements from the Islamic State assassinated a Hindu in the city of Tangail in Bangladesh by stabbing him to death. He was known for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed.
In 2012, local Muslims had filed a complaint with police against Joarder, who owned a tailoring shop, for making derogatory comments about the “Prophet”.
Charged with hurting religious sentiments, he spent three weeks in jail, but the trial did not proceed “after the complainants withdrew the charges,” Abdul Jalil, police chief of Gopalpur sub-district, told AFP.
Deputy chief of Tangail district police, Aslam Khan said, they came on a motorcycle and attacked him as he sat on a roadside.
They hacked him on his head, neck and hand.
According to this report, police have detained three persons, including a local leader of Jamaat-e-Islami party, for interrogation over the murder.
Detective Branch of police picked up Jamaat General Secretary Mohammad Badsha, head of a local religious school Aminul Islam, and Jhantu Mia on Saturday night.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh is reeling from a series of brutal attacks on members of minority faiths, secularists, foreigners and intellectuals in recent months, including two gay activists and a liberal professor in the past eight days alone.
Many of the killings have been blamed on or claimed by Islamist groups – and in several cases, attackers riding motorbikes hacked the victims to death with machetes or cleavers.
Islamic State has, in recent months, claimed responsibility for the killing of Christians, Hindu priests and members of the minority Sufi, Ahmadi and Shiite faiths in Bangladesh.
However, the government denies that international Islamists such as ISIS or Al-Qaeda have a presence in the country, blaming homegrown militants for the killings instead.
Bangladesh home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said:
There is no presence of Islamic State in this country. The claim has no base. In the name of IS, a vested quarter is trying to destabilise the country.
Separately, police said on Saturday they had arrested two members of a banned Islamist militant outfit, Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), in the case of a Christian convert brutally hacked to death in March.
In February, suspected Islamists decapitated a top Hindu priest inside a temple complex in one of the country’s northern districts, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
The murders come amid a long-running political crisis some suggest has radicalised government opponents. Analysts say Islamists now pose a growing danger in the South Asian country.
At least 30 members of religious minorities, secular activists, foreigners and intellectuals have been murdered in Bangladesh in the past three years.
Hindus, the country’s largest religious minority, make up nearly 10 percent of Bangladesh’s 160 million people.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn