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Holey victim’s family initially faces bar from paying respects

  • Published at 03:40 pm July 1st, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:18 am July 2nd, 2017

Shaon's mother and sister grieve outside the former premises of the Holey Artisan Bakery

On Saturday morning, the family of Zakir Hossain Shaon, a victim of the terrorist attack at Holey Artisan Bakery, was prevented by the police from participating in a tribute on the premises. Shaon's mother Masuda Begum approached the site of the former bakery with her husband and daughter at around 11:30am. But the police refused her entry to the premises.
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Maksuda lamented that neither the government nor the law enforcement agencies had communicated with her family over the past one year. She claimed her son was killed in police custody. “When we went to the hospital to see my son, he had no chances of revival. I am a poor person, all I want is justice,” she said. [caption id="attachment_71984" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Family members mourn as they hold photo of Zakir Hossain Shaon, an ex-worker of Holey Artisan Bakery who died in hospital days after he was taken to police custody in Dhaka on July 1, 2017 Reuters Family members mourn as they hold photo of Zakir Hossain Shaon, an ex-worker of Holey Artisan Bakery who died in hospital days after he was taken to police custody in Dhaka on July 1, 2017 Reuters[/caption] Journalists surrounded the grieving mother who expressed to the audience her anguish at the apparent disregard by the administration. After journalists questioned the police why Shaon’s family was being restricted, police allowed her in around 12:15pm. When asked, Abu Bakar Siddique, officer-in-charge of Gulshan police station claimed that the allegations are baseless. [arve url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4VrpuOuoDE&feature=youtu.be"/] “I took her inside the cafe premises where she stayed for 15-20 minutes. If she made any such claim, it is untrue,” he said. Shaon, a former Holey Artisan staff, was detained from the Gulshan café under suspicion. He later died in custody prompting his family to raise allegations that he was a victim of police brutality and torture.
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