It was a black Friday for Tarishi Jain’s relatives in India as they struggled to come to grips with the news that the bubbly teenager was among the people killed in the terror attack on a Dhaka restaurant.
The Jain family living in Suhag Nagar neighbourhood of Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad town was waiting for the 19-year-old’s body to be flown in for the last rites.
Throughout Saturday, a steady stream of people visited the Jain household to offer condolences.
“Tarishi was in Delhi in July last year to see her grandmother, who was admitted in hospital. She was a lovely girl who was fond of smiling and was loved by the whole family,” said her uncle Rajeev Jain.
Rajeev, the elder brother of Tarishi’s father Sanjeev, added, “It is hard to believe that she met such an end .”
“Last night, Tarishi informed her father on phone that she was in the cafe to have dinner with her friends but had locked herself in a bathroom to save herself. There was no further communication and the mobile was switched off,” Rajeev said.
“We remained glued to the television all through the night after knowing about the incident, and it was at 2 am on Saturday that we came to know about Tarishi’s death.”
Tarishi’s cousin Sinki Jain was in tears as she recalled their last meeting at a marriage. Holding an album, she pointed to a photo of herself with “Tarishi didi”.
The Jain family is a simple one with brothers Sanjeev, Rajeev, Ajeet and Rakesh Mohan operating different businesses. Sanjeev was involved in the garments business in Bangladesh for almost two decades.
The family earlier planned to go to Dhaka but with Sanjeev deciding to return to India, it is staying back.
“Sanjeev was very close to Firozabad and used to assist anybody asking for help. He gave financial help to a trauma centre built by a social organisation and was the trustee of the organisation,” said Rajeev.
Shashank Singhal, a childhood friend of Sanjeev Jain, described Tarishi as a brilliant student who had no problems coping with Firozabad’s frequent power outages despite having lived abroad for most of her life. “She mixed with all when she came to Firozabad about five years ago,” he said.
Singhal said he and Sanjeev had moved to Delhi in 1981 to become chartered accountants. When this didn’t materialise, Sanjeev moved to Hong Kong in 1989.
Tarishi’s brother Sanchit, who was studying engineering in Canada, had flown to Dhaka after finding out about his sister’s death, he added.
Tarishi’s relatives living in the busy Jail Road area of Bihar’s Ara town too learnt of her death on Friday night. Tarishi’s mother Tulika is from the small town located 60 km west of state capital Patna.
Her grandmother Sheel Jain was speechless, while her maternal uncle Anshu Jain left for Dhaka on Saturday evening.
“Her (Tarishi’s) grandfather owned an electronics shop on Jail Road,” recalled local resident Padam Kumar Jain.
Abhishek, one of Tarishi’s cousins, said: “She last came to Ara a year-and-a-half back. She won hearts with her behaviour and despite her education outside India, she showed great interest in other’s work. She stayed in Ara for a week.”
Relatives recalled that Tulika had married Sanjeev Jain in 1992. Before shifting to Dhaka two years ago, where Sanjeev was in the garments business, the family had lived in Singapore and Hong Kong, they said.