In wake of the Dhaka terror attack that claimed the lives of 22 people, including foreign nationals, India's High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, on Monday said that a fresh travel advisory will be issued to Indian citizens for their safety and security.
High Commissioner Shringla said that a number of e-mails and other messages were being received from potential visitors to Bangladesh asking whether they should visit the country or not.
"In the light of the terrorist attack, we would need to review where things stand. Based on that, we will issue a fresh travel advisory. Periodically, we do issue advisories. We are separately also receiving a number e-mail, other messages from businessmen, other potential visitors to Bangladesh asking whether they should come or not for the meetings and based on their individual cases we are advising them on what they should do," he told ANI.
Shringla said that a week ago the High Commission had issued a travel advisory to Indian citizens to be cautious and careful about going to public places and to avoid unnecessary exposure.
" We are also in touch with Indian community and we propose to take a meeting quite soon with all community representatives to advise them on what they could do, what they should not do. And also try and create some system whereby we can quickly alert as many as people through mass message or other means of communicating with our citizens in Bangladesh," he added.
He also expressed his condolences over the death of 19-year-old Indian Tarishi Jain, one among 20 hostages killed in the Gulshan terror attack.
I would like to reiterate my condolences, but also those of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and all the people of India," he said.
Shringla said that he met Tarashi's parents Sanjeev and Tulika
Jain before her mortal remains were flown to New Delhi for last rites.
"I said that at this point of your grief, we are all with you. All Indians are united and expressing grief for the family of this young Indian girl who at the prime of her life was killed in this terrorist attack," he added.
Tarishi, a student of University of California in Berkeley where she studied Economics, was in Dhaka on vacation. She had gone with two other friends to the Gulshan cafe where she was killed.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday paid homage to the victims of the Gulshan attack at the Army Stadium in Banani.
The people from all walks of life also paid homage in solidarity with the victims.
Nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-American and two Bangladeshis were killed in the terror attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan on Friday night.
Besides 20 people, two senior police officers-Banani Police Station officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch Assistant Commissioner Robiul Islam were killed while trying to rescue the hostages.