Firozabad, July 4: It must have been a harrowing experience for the kin of the victims in the Dhaka seige. But Tarishi's inconsolable father cannot take out from his head Tarishi's last words.
Sometime around 1:30 am on Saturday, 19-year old Tarishi Jain called her parents, Sanjeev and Tulika, residents of Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad area. She revealed that she was hiding inside the toilet with two of her friends- Faraaz Ayaz Hossain and Abinta Kabir and that gunmen had entered the Holey Artisan Bakery and were targetting non-Muslims.
Incidentally, her father was planning to visit Bangladesh with his family before Tarishi went back to the US after completing her internship with a Bangladesh Bank. An Economics graduate in the university of California, Tarishi's last words were: "Terrorists have entered the restaurant. I am very afraid and not sure whether I will be able to come out alive. They are killing everyone here."
It had been a long and traumatic night for Sanjiv and his relatives who waited eagerly for news of Tarishi after 6 am when she was not receiving calls anymore. When news of terrorists being neutralised arrived, it was too late. Tarishi was no more.
The Jains are in extreme grief, but are angry too. "We don't want her to be cremated in the land where she was brutally murdered. Terrorists killed her for being a Hindu," said Tarishi's uncle.