New Delhi | An 19-year-old Indian girl holidaying in Dhaka was among 20 foreigners who were hacked to death by ISIS militants in a terror attack at a restaurant in Bangladesh capital’s high-security diplomatic zone. The girl, Tarushi Jain, a student at UC Berkeley, was on vacation in Dhaka. Her father runs a garment business in Bangladesh for the last 15-20 years, according to officials here.
Another Indian, a doctor by profession, had a narrow escape, as he spoke fluent Bengali and the terrorists mistook him for a Bangladeshi, they said. In a series of tweets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, I am extremely pained to share that the terrorists have killed Tarushi, an Indian girl who was taken hostage in the terror attack in Dhaka.
I have spoken to her father Sanjeev Jain and conveyed our deepest condolences. The country is with them in this hour of grief. We are arranging visa for the family. My officers are on the job, she said. Twenty foreigners, including eight Italians, were brutally murdered by the militants inside the restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone before commandos launched an assault today, killing six attackers and capturing one alive, ending Bangladesh’s worst terror attack.
Director of Military Operations Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury said the militants slaughtered 20 hostages before the joint operation led by the armed forces began. Most of those killed were found with their throat slit, he added. He said the bodies of the victims were recovered during a search in the Holey Artisan Bakery compound after the operation. The bodies were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital morgue for autopsy to confirm their identity.
Later, Swaraj again tweeted, calling the death of Tarushi a brutal killing. It is a case of brutal killing – an unnatural death. Some legal precedure has (to) be completed. This will be done by tomorrow, she said. She said that the mortal remains of Tarushi will reach Delhi on Monday 4th July. This is with concurrence of Tarushi’s father. The family will take the mortal remains to Ferozabad (UP), she added.