900 people arrested in Bangladesh in police crackdown after Hindu priest’s murder


Authorities in Bangladesh say they have arrested over 900 militants after a spate of attacks against the religios minorities left several people dead over the last few weeks.

Police, according to the BBC, launched the week-long campaign on Friday against what they termed were Muslim militants.

Bangladesh has seen the gruesome murders of over 40 people, including secular bloggers, academics and members of religious minorities in the past few years.

At least eight people have been murdered since 1 May.

More recently on Friday, a Hindu monastery worker was hacked to death in Pabna district.

Nityaranjan Pande, who was in his 60s, succumbed to his injuries on the spot after several people attacked him.
The local police said that Pandey was murdered around 6.15 a.m. on Friday, when he was out for his morning walk.

Friday’s murder comes a few days after the brutal killings of a Christian grocer in northern Natore and a Hindu priest in northwestern Jhenaidah.

The police said the assailants attacked Pandey from behind, hacking his neck and head.

According to PTI report, the murder Pandey of the ‘Thakur Anukul Chandra Satsanga Paramtirtha Ashram’ took place even as the security agencies launched a country-wide crackdown on militants on Friday in the wake of the recent spate of murders of activists and religious minorities.