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DHAKA, BANGLADESH, November 17, 2001: Minority Hindus in the southern Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong have staged a violent protest following the murder of a prominent university professor Gopal Krishna Mahuri, who was shot dead at point-blank range on Friday by unidentified assailants. His killers escaped after the shooting. Protesters said he was killed because he was a Hindu, but it was unclear if the murder was connected to the persecution of Bangladeshi Hindus since the election. The murder of Professor Mahuri coincided with a visit to Chittagong by Bangladeshi Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury. Professor Mahuri was a widely respected academic who had taught at Nazirhat College in Chittagong for more than 35 years.