Investigation yet to see light of day
Published : Saturday, 20 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 862
The case filed for the murders of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi is still awaiting an uncertain fate.
The couple were killed in their bedroom on February 11, 2012 in the capital.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has so far extended 66 times the deadline for submitting a progress report on the Sagar-Runi case.
Every time the RAB submitted a petition for the time extension the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate court passed it as the Investigation Officer and Assistant Director of the RAB failed to submit the probe report over last four years.
The investigation has been shifted from one agency to another while the authorities has made hollow promises.
The couple's only child Mahir Sarowar Megh, who was only five at the time, was in the apartment when his parents were murdered.
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.
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. On April 18 in 2012, the High Court ordered RAB to investigate and submit report in the case as police and detectives failed to show any progress.
A total of eight people were arrested in connection with the sensational killing that threw shockwaves across the country.
Of them, Polash Rudra Paul, security guard of the house and Tanvir Rahman were released on bail. The elite force had quizzed 125 people so far in this connection.
Then Home Minister Shahara Khatun while visiting residence of the slain journalists had thundered that the killers would be identified and arrested within 48 hours.
On February 13, 2012, the then Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandker claimed 'remarkable' progress in the probe promising that the nation would 'good news' soon.
But all their remarks were proved fruitless. 62 days later DB confessed in the court that they couldn't make much progress.
Police, detectives and political bigwigs turned up at the couple's residence and assured their families of justice through a speedy trial.
As per the review of the case statement, the submission date for probe report in the case has been deferred 66 times in the last seven years and 5 month. There has been no visible progress in the investigation so far.
On February 11 in 2012, private TV channel Masranga Television's journalist Golam Mustafa Sarwar alias Sagar Sarwar and his wife Senior Reporter of ATN Bangla Meherun Nahar alias Meherun Runi were murdered at their rented apartment in city's West Rajabazar area.