Tarishi Jain was able to make one final phone call home to her father as ISIS militants attacked the cafe where she was eating in Bangladesh. The UC Berkeley student cried as she told her dad that she knew she wasn’t going to make it out alive.
Tarishi Jain, 19, made a haunting last call to her father, Sanjeev Jain, moments before being murdered in a terrorist attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1. The UC Berkeley student was hiding with friends in the restroom as seven ISIS militants overtook the restaurant and started slaughtering patrons one by one — a chilling detail that she told her father before saying her last goodbye.
I am very afraid… I’m not sure whether I will be able to come out alive,” Tarishi told her father on the phone, crying, as gunfire rang out around her. “They are killing everyone here… I think we will be killed one by one.” Tarishi was hiding with her two friends, Abinta Kabir, 18, and Faraaz Hossain, who were both enrolled at the Emory University in Georgia, in the restroom of the bakery during her phone call. None of the girls made it out alive.
Tarishi was an Indian national in Bangladesh for an internship arranged through UC Berkeley’s Center for Bangladesh Studies. The brilliant student was working on e-commerce growth at Eastern Bank Limited in Dhaka. She grew up in Dhaka, where her father has run a garment business for 20 years; she went to the American International School in Dhaka before attending UC Berkeley.
Twenty hostages tortured and executed by the ISIS terrorists during their 12-hour siege on one of Bangladesh’s most popular restaurants. Police were able to bust into the cafe and save other hostages, shooting six of the terrorists and arresting the seventh. Tarishi was one of the first victims to be identified in the atrocious murders; a witness told the Indian Express that it “was apparent from the injuries” that Tarishi was one of those brutally hacked to death by the terrorists, who were reportedly armed with “sharp weapons.”
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed her death after the attack, tweeting, “I am extremely pained to share that the terrorists have killed Tarushi [the spelling was later found to be Tarishi], an Indian girl who was taken hostage in the terror attack in Dhaka… I have spoken to her father Shri Sanjeev Jain and conveyed our deepest condolences. The country is with them in this hour of grief. We are arranging visa for the family.”
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Tarishi’s family during this horrible time.