Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hindu Priest Killed, Devotee Shot In A Temple, Arrest Made in Bangladesh


Jogeswar Roy (50) was brutally killed by assailants on February 21, 2016
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A police guard at the Hindu temple after the murder of the priest
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Relatives of the murdered priest mourning his death
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A Hindu priest, Jogeswar Roy (also known as Jogeswar Dasadhikari), (50), of the Sri Sri Shanto  Gaurio Mot (Hindu temple-cum-school) of Shonapota village under Debiganj Upazilla of Panchagarh District, Bangladesh, was hacked to death with a chapati (machete) on February 21 early morning. 

When the priest was preparing to lead the morning prayer in the temple, some assailants came and pelted stones on the roof of the temple. Hearing the noise, Jogeswar came out of the temple and  realizing the impending danger, he began to run away. He was caught on his track and slaughtered there. Gopal Chandra Roy, one of the devotees, rushed to the aid of the injured priest but he was wounded with a bullet. Three assailants hurled a crude homemade bomb to scare people around and fled the scene on a motorcycle.

Unmarried Jogeswar Roy had established the temple in 1998 selling his lands and other properties. 

The Islamic State (IS) later in the day claimed responsibility of the murderous attack on the Hindu priest.  

Three persons, belonging to a banned Islamist group, have been arrested so far.
 
For more on the event, please read the following:
(Updated on March 4, 2016)

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