Delhi: Even as the mortal remains of 19-year-old Tarishi Jain, who was among the 20 hostages killed in a gruesome terror attack in Dhaka, was on Monday cremated in Gurgaon, the story of her friend Faraaz Hossain will leave many people teary-eyed.
The Indian Express quoted sources as saying that Faraaz may have sacrificed his life as he did not want to leave his two friends behind.
This was supposedly revealed during questioning of the hostages who were rescued.
The Daily further quoted sources as saying that Faraaz was given the option of leaving Holey Artisan Bakery, popular with foreigners and expats in the upscale Gulshan locality, late on Friday night.
The terrorists reportedly asked Faraaz as to where Tarishi and Abinta, who were wearing western clothes, from. He is said to have told them that they were from India and US, respectively.
Abinta was studying in the US but was a Bangladeshi citizen.
The two teenagers were not freed and as for Faraaz, he did not take the option to leave but be with his friends.
Faraaz is the grandson of Latifur Rahman, chairman of Transcom Group, and Shahnaz Rahman. He is the younger of two sons of Simeen Hossain, managing director, Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, and Muhammad Waquer Bin Hossain.
He was pursuing his undergraduate studies at the Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States and had come to Dhaka on May 18 for his summer holidays, as per media reports.
On the other hand, businessman Rezaul Karim, whose son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren were taken hostage but later freed, told The Daily Star, "My daughter-in-law told me that she heard a Bangladeshi youth refused to leave the restaurant when militants offered to free him. They wouldn't let two of his friends go."
Meanwhile, Tarishi's brother Sanchit performed the last rites at around 4:15 pm in a cremation ground at Sukhrali village near IFFCO Chowk.
Earlier, the mortal remains of the 19-year-old student of University of California in Berkeley, US, where she studied Economics, were brought from Dhaka to Delhi where her family members, Minister of State for Power and Coal Piyush Goyal was present. Goyal received the body.
The body was then taken to Gurgaon DLF phase-1 F Block community centre where it was kept for two hours to enable an estimated 200 people, including Goyal and Haryana Education Minister Rambilas Sharma, to pay their respects, as per PTI.
Daughter of a garments manufacturer with business interests in Bangladesh, she was in Dhaka on a vacation.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the killing of the hostages, mostly foreigners and two police officers during the 12-hour siege that ended on Saturday after the Army stormed the bakery, killing six attackers and capturing one alive.
However, Bangladesh has blamed 'home-grown' Islamist terrorists and Pakistan's spy agency ISI for the country's worst terror attack, ruling out the role of the ISIS.
(With Agency inputs)