The site of carnage in Gulshan, the Holey Artisan Bakery and O’ Kitchen restaurant, will remain open for four hours for the relatives and general people to pay respect to the victims.
On the first anniversary of the attack on Saturday the house no. 5 on the road no. 79 at Gulshan-2 will be open from 10am to 2pm when the people can pay their homage.
A total of 22 people including 17 foreigners were killed in the attack on July 1, 2016.
In the following morning, army commandoes killed the five terrorists in a brief but lethal operation in which the boundary wall and other parts of the building were damaged.
The owners of the two-storey building, Samira Ahmmed and her husband Sadat Mehedi, are renovating it and planning to move into the house. The couple took charge of the building in November last year following a court order.
Sadat told bdnews24.com on Friday: “We will manage to keep the compound open for four hours for the people to pay tribute to the victims. We’ve also sought law enforcers’ help.”
He said the visitors can come up to the veranda of the building through the lawn, but will not be allowed inside the building.
Renovation workers keep the gate locked. Journalists were not allowed into the compound on Friday. Two police officers were seen speaking to Sadat inside the compound.
A branch of the eatery was reopened on a smaller scale at Rangs Arcade in Gulshan Avenue on Jan 10 this year.
The new 500 square-foot bakery can accommodate 20 guests at a time as the restaurant section has been closed. At road no. 79, the bakery-cum-restaurant could seat 50.
Sources said mostly foreign customers throng the new location.
Some of the old staffers are continuing with the team.
Owner Sadat said it might take him two to three more years to offset the loss he has incurred.
Source: BD News24