Bangladesh Police Suspect Islamist Militants in Professor’s Killing

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A sketch of Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, a highbrow who was killed in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, on Saturday.

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — A highbrow of English was hacked to genocide and scarcely beheaded nearby his home in northwestern Bangladesh on Saturday morning, in what a military think to be a latest in a array of targeted killings by Islamist militants.

Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, 61, was pounded by different assailants about 60 yards from his home and died during a scene, pronounced Mohammad Shamsuddin, commissioner of a civil military in a city of Rajshahi. Neighbors listened a plant screaming and alerted his family.

Mr. Shamsuddin pronounced that “our rough guess is that a murder was committed by an Islamist belligerent group,” formed on a attack’s similarities to new killings of secularist bloggers in Bangladesh. He pronounced Mr. Siddiquee had postulated 3 low wounds to a neck and that his conduct had been scarcely severed.

The murder echoed one that took place during Rajshahi University, where Mr. Siddiquee taught, in Nov of 2014, when a sociology highbrow was hacked to genocide on his approach home from a campus. That highbrow had advocated that students not be authorised to wear burqas, a normal Islamic covering, during sociology examinations.

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Targeted killings of physical activists have turn a grave hackneyed in Bangladesh over a final dual years, and intellectuals are increasingly fearful of edition views vicious of fundamentalist Islam. About dual weeks ago, an non-believer tyro blogger was killed by group with machetes during a swarming intersection in Dhaka, a Bangladeshi capital.

However, Mr. Siddiquee was not, like many of a prior victims, an direct non-believer or anti-religious campaigner, though instead focused on introducing students to normal Bangladeshi song and a communication of literary total like Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam.

“He was a quite educational person, though he was a on-going and physical person,” pronounced Professor Mohammad Shahidullah, conduct of a English dialect during Rajshahi University. He pronounced a slain highbrow had recently determined a song propagandize in his village.

Police officers who interviewed Mr. Siddiquee’s family pronounced he had never published any materials vicious of Islam and had never perceived threats.

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