Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh

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Unidentified assailants killed a Buddhist monk by slitting his throat at Baishari union in Bandarban’s Naikhyangchhari upazila early on Friday.

Maung Shue U, son of late Aungthoai Chak, was found dead inside Chakpara temple, police reported.

This is the latest in a spate of attacks on minorities in different parts of the country.

In February, a Hindu priest was hacked to death in Panchagarh. Maung, 70, was hacked in his neck.

His daughter-in-law Manung Ching discovered his body lying in a pool of blood after she brought a meal for him at the wooden temple around 5am.

Police later arrived and recovered the body.

Family members said Maung had no enemy.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal termed the killing an isolated incident, and said the victim’s relatives might be involved in it.

Locals said Maung had been passing his time meditating at the temple, which was built two years ago, as part of performing religious rituals.

He was living at the temple despite having a family.

Maung Baching Chak, a local man, said the monk was known as Batya Machhu in the area. “He was a simple man and was loved by all.”

Police said it was not clear who killed the monk but they were not ruling out Ansarullah Bangla Team members as suspects.

“There are other suspects as well,” said Kazi Ahsan, second officer of Naikhongchhari police.

Locals pointed finger at fundamentalists and said the murder might have been an attempt to destroy communal harmony in the area.

They also said they do not suspect the Rohingya people.

State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, Bandarban Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman, Sub-Inspector Anisur Rahman, in-charge of Baishari police investigation centre, Assistant In-charge Umar Faruq and newly elected Chairman Md Alam visited the crime scene.

Police said none was detained in connection with the killing and a murder case would be filed.

Bandarban SP Mizanur said it was the first time a Buddhist monk had been killed in the district and an investigation had been launched.

“The perpetrators will be arrested and brought to book,” he added.

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