Nepal: Muslim leader killed, community calls it a political murder

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Sadrul Miya Haq, a 55-year-old Muslim religious leader, was killed today in Saptari District, eastern Terai.

"Another public figure from the Muslim community was murdered amid government indifference," said Mohammad Naiimuddi, vice president of the Muslim Association of Nepal. "We think it was political motivated."

The victim had his throat cut some 200 metres from a police station. Law enforcement agents arrived on the scene of the crime after three hours, local sources said.

Muslims travelled to the town to express solidarity to the victim's family and protest against the return of violence.

Interior Minister Madhay Ghimire tried to reassure religious minorities with regards to their safety and the effectiveness of the investigation, saying he was "saddened" to see the desperation and concern of the community.

In a country where Hindus are the majority (80 per cent), acts of violence against Christian and Muslim minorities occur with a certain regularity.

A Hindu extremist group, the Nepal Defence Army, has carried similar actions in the past, against both Catholics and Muslims.

Last year, Islamic Federation Secretary General Mohammad Faizan was gunned in the heart of the capital. So far, the police investigation has not led to any culprit.

For more information on the history of Nepal's Muslim community and attacks against them, download the document below.

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Date: 31/05/2013

Countries:

Nepal

Categories:

Violence/Conflict
Religion/Religious minorities

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