WHERE ARE WE SAFE?

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The shooters targeted a cafe where people came together to be with friends, to dance, to sing and to live, But who knew life would revert in such a dreadful way.

– DHAKA CAFÉ SIEGE, 2016

Readers, what comes to your mind when you hear the name of any famous cafe, club or any good place? Food served over there, people we get to meet, or just that amazing place to spend your time, especially with your loved ones, right?
But now, what if you get to know that the most famous cafe in Dhaka, the “Holey Artisan Bakery Café” got stormed by  6-8 gunmen late on Friday, 1st July. Now, the question that comes to our mind is “Why a Bakery?”, because Gulshan is one of Dhaka’s most affluent neighbourhoods and the Holy Artisan Bakery. Over years it has become a popular destination for expats and diplomats, so to hope for the maximum global impact, the attackers choose it. Maybe!
In the siege, around 20 hostages were killed which had 9 Italians, 7 Japanese , 3 Bangladeshis and 1 Indian, a 19-year-old, Tarishi Jain whose funeral was held in Gurgaon in Delhi. She along with 2 of her friends were shot, one was a Bangladeshi American and the another one was a Muslim who got a chance from the gunmen to leave after reciting Quran  but he choose not to. He demanded equality. Hats off to this man. Some were exterminated as they wanted to tell the people of Bangladesh that they weren’t under threat which is why those  Bangladeshis weren’t killed but the latter were. Terrifying, Right?

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Some of the most important highlights of the Dhaka Shooting:
=> The terrorists were young men who went to elite schools and were also the frequent visitors of the café they hopped in.
=> The gunmen were from well to-do families and were vivacious young men; yes, it is difficult to imagine how they were radicalised as they were well trained and knew how to operate different kind of weapons in defence and attack.
=> Among those 6, 4 of them were from very wealthy backgrounds.
=> From a source we got to know, one among them was the son of a senior leader of Bangladesh’s Awami League (The ruling party). Ironical, isn’t it? We are as shocked as you are, readers.

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Waves of murders went flashing when the gunmen burst into the restaurant shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greater) as people were having dinner and set off explosives.
Some innocent people managed to escape and some were rescued including a Japanese man who was taken to the Dhaka hospital with a gunshot wound.In the end, the army concluded an operation to clear the café on Saturday after a 12-hour siege followed by which the Primes Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina pleaded with Islamist extremists to stop killing in the name of religion.

Where are we safe? Inside our rooms, locked, afraid of ever new person we meet. Can we stop killing each other in the name of religion? God is one, God loves all. As Sheikh Hasina said,“Islam is a religion of peace. Stop killing in the name of the religion”.

This was very disturbing, reminds us of the Leopold cafe. We hope you liked it. Don’t forget to follow us on social media. BIG BANG SPOT!

Writer: Mayur Aggarwal; Editor: Bhumika Mewati

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