Bangladesh: Journalist Abhishruti Shashtri’s Death Sparks Controversy Over Identity

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Deceased journalist Abhishruti Shashtri, image via her Facebook account

On February 29th, Abhishruti Shashtri, a 25-year-old journalist working with ‘TheReport.live,’ lost her life in a fire accident at a commercial building on Bailey Road in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The tragedy claimed at least 46 lives, with carbon monoxide poisoning identified as a major cause.

Colleagues identified Shashtri’s body at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit on March 1st. She specialized in covering election news for ‘TheReport.live’ and was set to join another team.

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A twist arose when Shashtri’s alleged father, Shahburul Alam Sabuj, claimed her body, asserting she was a Muslim named ‘Brishti Khatun,’ not a Hindu. Shashtri’s friends and colleagues countered, stating she consistently identified as Hindu.

Hospital authorities verified her identity using her voter identity card and fingerprints, registered under the name ‘Brishti Khatun.’ Amid controversy, the hospital retained the body for a DNA test.

Sabuj expressed his shattered dreams for his daughter’s future, highlighting her determination to be independent. The conflicting claims have prompted further investigation, emphasizing the need for a DNA test to determine Abhishruti Shashtri’s true identity.

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