The killing of Tarishi Jain, 19-year-old Indian National in Dhaka terror strike, has left the world mourning. On the night of attack, accompanying Tarishi were her two friends Abinta Kabir, 19, and Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, 20.
The three youths were the alumni of the American school, United Nations road in Baridhara. Sources revealed that Faraaz, one of the three youths could have escaped, but he didn’t, 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 told the Indian Express.
As per the sources, Faraaz was given the option of leaving late by attackers but he denied. Terrorists asked Faraz about the nationality of Abinta and Tarishi. As per the sources, he told them that they were from India and the US.
However, Abinta was a Bangladeshi citizen studying in US.
Faraaz belongs to a high profile business family which owns two of the biggest newspapers in the country — The Daily Star and Prothom Alo. Both newspapers are leaders in the English and Bengali newspaper segment, and have always been known to adopt an anti-establishment line.
Mahfuz Anam, editor of The Daily Star, told The Indian Express, “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.”
On the other hand, Abinta’s family owns Lavender, a prominent departmental store. Employees at the store wore black ribbons on their purple and blue uniforms on Sunday to mark their protest against the incident.
Tarishi was the only Indian among 20 victims of Dhaka attack. The Jain family, originally from Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh, is living in Dhaka for nearly two decades now. The parents are scheduled to receive the body of their child on Monday.