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Sagar-Runi murder

No headway even after seven years

Published : Tuesday, 12 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 546

Seven years have elapsed, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is yet to find any clue to  Sagar- Runi murder.
The RAB has been extended 62 times of the deadline for submitting a progress report on Sagar- Runi case. Moreover, the investigation has been shifted from one agency to another while the authorities' repeatedly made hollow promises.
Investigators failed to recover two laptops of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi who were murdered in their bedroom, on February 11, 2012, in the capital.
Saleha Munir, mother of slain journalist Sagar Sarowar, said "The case sees no progress due to the government's unwillingness. The case has been buried in a preplanned manner," "The law enforcement agencies have been able to deal with other sensational incidents. Why are they failing in this case? It seems to me that I will not see the killers brought to book before my death,"
RAB now says they need more time to analyse it considering the sensitivity of the case,
The elite anti-crime and anti-terrorism unit of the country has spent Tk 1 crore. So far it submitted five reports on the progress of investigation without a clue. During the long-probe, investigators have interrogated a total of 158 persons, including 27 journalists, and recorded statements of Megh, the couple's son but without any concrete result.
They arrested eight suspects at different times but could neither identify the killers nor establish the
motive behind the killings of journalist couple.
Immediately after the incident, then home minister Sahara Khatun said the killers would be arrested in 48 hours. Police officials also claimed to have made "significant progress" in the investigation at the time. The murder triggered widespread outrage in the journalist community.
Different courts have expressed dissatisfaction over the investigation on several occasions. The case is being investigated by RAB as of now, said Maj Hussain Roisul Azam Moni, deputy director of RAB's media wing.
Immediately after the gruesome occurrence Runi's brother, Nowsher Alam Roman filed a murder case with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station. Within a couple of days Detective Branch (DB) of police took charge of the investigation.
The then Home Minister Shahara Khatun, while visiting residence of the slain journalists, had promised that the killers would be identified and arrested within 48 hours. On February 13, 2012, the then Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandker had claimed 'remarkable' progress in the probe, promising the nation 'good news' soon. However, 62 days later DB confessed in the court that they couldn't make much progress.
Then the court instructed Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the elite crime-busting force of the country, to take over the case.
The double murder incident had triggered public outcry. Police, detectives, and political bigwigs turned up at the couple's residence and assured their families of justice through a speedy trial.
Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) secretary, Md Kabir Ahmed Khan, said: "seven years have elapsed since the killing of the journalist couple but we are yet to get justice."
A protest program was held on the premises of the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) on Monday.

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