Bangladesh: 20-yr-old boy died in Dhaka attack after he chose not to leave Tarishi, her friend behind


A 20 yr old boy was killed in attack which happened on Friday at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka. The prime target of attackers were foreigners, but there were two Bangladeshi women among the 28 people who died.

The girl ‘Ishrat Akhond’, 45 was known as “Nila” by her family and friends. She was the Human Resources Director of one of Bangladesh’s largest garments manufacturing company,  ZXY International FZCO.

On Friday, she went to the café for dinner with two Italian designers who were visiting the country. But unfortunately, the attacks happened at the café leaving no one alive. The trio Tarishi Jain, 18, Abinta Kabir, 19, and Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, 20, were alumni of the school that has been closed for a couple of days because of the attack.

“Faraaz may have sacrificed his life, as he did not want to leave his two friends behind. This fact came to light during questioning of the hostages who were rescued”, sources said.

According to the sources, “Faraaz was given the option of leaving late on Friday night. Since Tarishi and Abinta were wearing western clothes, the terrorists asked Faraaz where they were from. He reportedly told them that they were from India and the US although Abinta was studying in the US, she was a Bangladeshi citizen.

The two teenagers were not freed, but Faraaz was given the option of leaving but he did not take.”

The girl, Tarishi was the only Indian national who were present among the 20 killed in the attack on Friday.  On Sunday, her father, Sanjeev Jain and family, remained incommunicado. “They are very shocked…they do not want to be disturbed at this point of time,” said an Indian diplomat, speaking on their behalf.

 “I have been working with the family enterprise for the last 14 years. I have seen her since she was a four-year-old. She used to come here sometimes with her parents and grandparents. She used to mingle with us and other people here a lot,” said Lipon.

“He came to Dhaka on May 18 for his summer holidays. He had gone with two of his friends to Holey Artisan for dinner when terrorists attacked the place,” said a family associate of the victim.

“This incident has struck us closer home because one of our family members have lost their child. My daughter, Tahmima, who is a writer, goes there (Holey Artisan bakery) very often… it is one of the quietest places in town. It is really sad that something like this has happened.”  Mahfuz Anam, editor of The Daily Star told The Indian Express.

The American School said in a statement: “The tragic events of Friday evening at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, Dhaka have left us in shock. After the official announcement of the names of the victims, the American International School Dhaka (AISD) has learned that we have lost three of our recent alumni in the attack. Today, we remember each of the victims for their contributions as students and citizens of the world. They were all incredibly gifted in their own way and we mourn their loss.”

“Faraaz Hossain, Abinta Kabir and Tarishi Jain were all active members of our alumni community.  During their time at AISD, they were all National Honor Society members, athletes and leaders who will be greatly missed by their classmates, teachers, staff members and all the younger students for whom they served as role models.”

“As a community, our thoughts and prayers go out on behalf of Faraaz, Abinta, Tarishi and their families and friends at this time.”