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Building that housed Holey Artisan Bakery still deserted

Sayeed Muhammad: The building that housed Holey Artisan Bakery, an upscale restaurant in Gulshan, the scene of the infamous 2016 terrorist attack, has been deserted for nearly two years now.
The house at Road 79 in Gulshan-2 is usually locked from outside and its owner does not stay there regularly, although it has been renovated to a liveable condition, reports BDnews.
On the night of Jul 1 of that year a group of terrorists had stormed the cafe, killing 22 people including, including 17 foreign nationals, in that same building, rocking Bangladesh for quite some time, with its ripples felt on the international stage.
Law enforcers have taken over the house ever since the terrorists attack was contained through a tense operation in the early hours of the following day. Though the site was returned to its original owner last year, the business has not been reopened there. During a visit to the site on Friday it was noticed that the external walls had been painted white after the terrorist attack, but the doors and windows have not been re-painted. The walkway on eastern side of the house, along the lake, was closed.
The house has been renovated to a liveable condition and the owner Samira Ahmed, her husband Sadat Mehedi and their child live there on occasion, but the building rarely receives any outside visitors, said a security guard. “Some necessary furniture has been brought to the house and while the owners stay here on occasion, they are often busy with business. The family mostly stays at another apartment in Banani,” said another security guard. He said the owner has given ‘strict instructions’ restricting the entry of outsiders to the house, including media personnel.

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