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Sagar-Runi killing: Journalists to launch tough movement

  • Published at 08:45 pm February 11th, 2017
Sagar-Runi killing: Journalists to launch tough movement
The associations will hold a protest rally in front of the National Press Club at 12pm Sunday. Another protest rally will be held at the same venue on March 11, the associations' leaders said, speaking at a protest event on Saturday at Dhaka Reporters' Unity marking five years since the murder. That day journalists will also blockade the road. Speakers at the protest criticised Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan for his recent comment that he knew nothing about the progress of the murder investigation. They warned the government that if the investigating agency cannot submit its report before the court at the next hearing, a mass investigation commission would be formed to unveil the real mystery behind the killing and to find the killers. The speakers urged journalists to stand united to press home the demand. Senior leaders and members from Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) and some other bodies participated in the half-day long protest. Sagor-Runi’s son Mahir Sarowar Megh was present. BFUJ Secretary General Omar Faruk alleged that law enforcement agencies had done nothing in the five years since the murder. Senior BFUJ leader and former National Press Club president Shawkat Mahmud called for journalists to be united on this issue. “If the investigators cannot submit their report at the next hearing, we will form a mass investigation commission that will look into all the home ministers in the last five years,” he said. Former BFUJ Secretary General Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan asked whether the killers were so powerful that the government was unable to smoke them out. DRU President Shakhawat Hossain Badsha urged journalists across the country to hold programmes on this issue. DRU Vice President Azmal Huq Helal said the home minister should resign if he did not know the updates of the murder investigation. CRAB General Secretary Sarwar Alam called for tougher movements, saying the investigation should not be allowed to go at a snail's pace. Maasranga Television News Editor Sagar Sarowar and ATN Bangla Senior Reporter Meherun Runi were killed in their residence in February 2012. In the morning of February 11, 2012, the bodies of the couple were found in their West Razabazar home. They were stabbed to death in their bedroom. The kitchen’s window grills were found cut. Their son Megh was in the apartment. Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police started the investigation; later the case was shifted to the police Detective Branch. On April 18 that year, the High Court transferred the case to Rapid Action Battalion, after DB expressed inability to solve the case. So far, the court has extended the deadline for submitting the investigation report 47 times – the latest was on last Wednesday.