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'The day of Holey Artisan attack should be marked as Anti-Militancy Day'

  • Published at 05:48 pm November 27th, 2019
Holey Artisan Cafe and Bakery
File photo the Holey Artisan Bakery, where a group of militants carried out a barbaric attack on the night of July 1, 2016, at Gulshan, Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

A total of 23 people - including 17 foreign nationals, Salauddin, and another police officer -  were killed after five gunmen raided the Holey Artisan Bakery and O’ Kitchen restaurant at Gulshan on July 1, 2016, in the worst terror attack in Bangladesh’s history

Mohammad Ali Khan, brother of deceased Banani police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Salauddin Khan, has asserted that the day of the Holey Artisan attack should be marked as Anti-Militancy Day.

While expressing his sorrow over his brother’s death, Mohammad Ali made the statement to reporters at their  ancestral home in the Bankpara area of Gopalganj city on Wednesday.


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Calling on the citizens of Bangladesh to take a stand against militancy and terrorism, he said: "My brother gave his life while fighting the militants during the Holey Artisan attack."

He further added: "The militants attacked the café to destabilize the government; therefore militancy  needs to be rooted out . Terrorism and militancy is not just an internal issue of Bangladesh, but a worldwide phenomenon.

"A lot of people died that day along with my brother,  therefore I wholeheartedly pray for their departed souls."

"Satisfied with the verdict"

Salauddin's eldest brother Rajiuddin Khan Raju expressed his satisfaction over the verdict delivered in the case filed over the 2016 Holey Artisan terror attack in Dhaka earlier in the day.

He said: "I wanted all the militants to get death sentences and that is what they have received.  Although one of them was acquitted, the state will appeal to the High Court in this regard."

Police escort one of the Holey Artisan attack convicts at a Dhaka court premises on November 27, 2019 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka TribuneRaju believes the acquitted militant will be brought to book if he is found guilty.

Salauddin's brother also shared the woes they have been facing after Salauddin's death, since Salauddin was one who used to pay for most of the household expenditures. He also said Salauddin played a big role in sponsoring education of the children in his family.

He said: "It will take us a long time to recover from his loss.

"We hope that, with this verdict, the root of militancy in extricated from Bangladesh forever," Raju added.

Friends and neighbours speak about Salauddin

Salauddin's neighbour journalist Khondaker Ehiya Khaled Sadi said Salauddin was a very talented, brave, and a popular cricket player since childhood. Salauddin’s father used to be his teacher.

He said: "Salauddin has served the country as a police official and has also fulfilled his duties towards his family with sincerity.  Therefore, the government needs to ensure that there are more police officers like him.

"He gave up his life trying to fight against the militants. We, the residents of Gopalganj, are extremely proud of him."

Stating that Salauddin was very friendly and sociable towards everyone, his closest friend Habibur Rahman said Salauddin has helped many people and done many good things for the society.


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He said: "Salauddin  loved this country with all his heart; therefore, Bangladesh should do something  to commemorate  him as well."

A total of 23 people - including 17 foreign nationals, Salauddin, and another police officer -  were killed after five gunmen raided the Holey Artisan Bakery and O’ Kitchen restaurant at Gulshan on July 1, 2016, in the worst terror attack in Bangladesh’s history.

The attackers were killed in a commando operation the next morning, after a 12-hour standoff.

Later, the attackers, the mastermind behind the attack and others involved in it were identified as leaders and members of New JMB, a splinter faction of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

After years of trial, a Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced seven militants to death and acquitted one in the case filed over the terror attack.