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Justice still a far cry for Manik Saha’s family

Update : 15 Jan 2016, 07:08 PM

Twelve years have passed since Ekushey Padak winning journalist Manik Saha has been killed, but family members of the slain newsman are yet to get justice. 

Manik Saha was killed in a bomb attack near Khulna Press Club in on December 16, 2004.

On the occasion, a discussion was held at Khulna Press Club yesterday with Lawmaker Mijanur Rahman Mijan in the chair. The programme was presided over by Khulna Press Club Convener Sheikh Abu Hasan.

Speakers at the programme said criminals had killed Manik Saha as he was a journalist fearless and worked against all irregularities in the society, reports our Khulna corrrespondent.

When Manik Saha was killed, the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina came to Khulna and assured journalists that she would ensure justice for his family. But now she is in power, but Manik Saha’s family is still waiting for justice.

Trial of his murder opened in June 2008 against 14 people. Of the accused, three of them killed in gunfights with law enforcers, four imprisoned, and the rest have remained absconding.

Born in Narail in 1956, Manik Saha began his career as Khulna district correspondent in the Sangbad in 1982. He was president of Khulna Press Club. Before that, he was involved in leftist politics.

Govt to consider reinvestigation into Manik Saha killing: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday said the government would consider holding reinvestigation into the killing of journalist Manik Saha.

A white paper will be published on the killing of journalists, including Manik Saha and Sagar-Runi, he said, speaking as the chief guest at the commemorating meeting at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) auditorium in the capital, marking the 12th death anniversary of Manik Saha.

Responding to the demand of journalists, Inu said he would talk to the concerned people about opening reinvestigation into Manik Saha killing case, reports BSS.

Presided over by Channel 24 journalist Rahul Raha, the meeting was also addressed by Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Mujahidul Islam Selim, eminent journalist and columnist Syed Abul Maksud, Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Director General Shah Alamgir, DRU General Secretary Razu Ahmed and Dainik Kalerkantha Senior Reporter Nikhil Bhadra.

The information minister said the government wanted to build a militancy-free country to ensure free journalism.

Mujahidul Islam Selim demanded justice for all killings.

Syed Abul Maksud said Manik Saha was killed for his ideology as a journalist. Most of the journalists killed in last 10 to 15 years are in the border areas, he added.

Shah Alamgir said trial for the killing of journalists must be held to maintain healthy atmosphere for journalism in the country. 

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