Kolkata-based professor has written a heart-wrenching post on Facebook stating the circumstances in which his Dhaka-based friend Ishrat Akhond was hacked to death by terrorists in Saturday’s siege, that killed 20 people.
Aloke Kumar said that Ishrat, an HR professional, was murdered because she was not in hijab and she refused to recite Quran to prove her Muslim identity.
According to Kumar, ‘most of the Muslim Bangladeshis were spared after they identified themselves and recited lines from the Koran. Ishrat who was not wearing a Hijab and neither wanted to prove herself was hacked to death with a machete.’
His Facebook post has now gone viral with nearly 1,000 shares on Facebook.
Here is the full text of Kumar’s post;
“ISHRAT no more
My friend Ishrat was brutally tortured and killed by terrorist in a Dhaka restaurant yesterday when she was there with several Italian Fashion Designer.
Most of the Muslim Bangladeshis were spared after they identified themselves and recited lines from the Koran. Ishrat who was not wearing a Hijab and neither wanted to prove herself was hacked to death with a machete.
Twenty other foreign hostages were also hacked to death with sharp weapons by terrorists during a dramatic siege at an upmarket Dhaka restaurant that ended in a bloodbath today morning.
The majority of the victims were from Italy and Japan. There was one young girl. A student from India Tarushi Jain. No Britons have yet been confirmed among the casualties. Two Sri Lankans and one Japanese hostage were rescued, along with around a dozen Bangladeshis.
Six of the attackers were shot dead and one captured during the raid on the Holey Artisan Bakery, an expatriates’ favourite.
I am devastated on hearing the news as I was in touch with her periodically. She had come down to Calcutta last September and we had discussed my possible Lecture tour of the Universities of Bangladesh. This was scheduled to begin in the Fall Semester.
Usually my notes are long but today I have run out of words.
Love you Ishrat, wherever you are.”