Buddhists live in fear in Bangladesh

Narinjara News

Yangon, 2 July 2016


A number of Buddhist people living in the area staged a demonstration at Baishari Bazar after U Maung Shwe Lon was murdered

As Bangladesh witnesses escalating violence engineered by Islamist militants, the Buddhist people continue living in the country in endless fear. The Burma bordering localities of Bangladesh witnessed another brutal murder of a Buddhist community leader which spread more terror among the residents.

The Buddhist leader was hacked to death by unidentified miscreants on Thursday at Baishari Bazar in Nikhanchari area of Bandarban district.

The victim was identified as U Maung Shwe Lon, a Marama national (Arakanese) hailed from Nga Yet Chay village, which is close to the Burma border.

The Bangladesh police informed that a gang of criminals chopped U Maung Shwe Lon, 56, with sharp weapons when he was returning home from Baishari Bazar at around 10 pm leaving him dead on the spot.

Earlier on 14 May, a 75 years old Buddhist monk named U Kandi alias Mg Shwe Pru was hacked to death in a Chakma village, which is near to Baishari Bazar.

A local Buddhist in the area alleged that the government in Dhaka remains indifferent to these crimes.

“Our people are living in fear in those localities and many of them are staying inside their residences after the murder,” said the resident while talking to Narinjara News over telephone.

A number of Buddhist people living in the area staged a demonstration recently at Baishari Bazar demanding justice and providing adequate security to the minorities in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, a Hindu priest in Jhenidah was also hacked to death by the miscreants. According to the Daily Star newspaper three assailants riding on a motorcycle went to the temple premises and targeted Shymananda when he plucking flowers for the prayer at around 5. 30 am.