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Home minister embarrassed by failure of Sagar-Runi case

  • Published at 07:24 pm February 11th, 2019
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File photo of Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi Collected

Journalist leaders submit memorandum seeking justice for murdered colleagues

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said he is embarrassed that the investigation report on the killings of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi has not yet been filed, seven years after their death.

“The government sincerely wants the Sagar-Runi murder solved,” he said on Monday when a delegation from Dhaka Reporter’s Unity (DRU), a journalist’s association,visited his office at the Home Ministry with a memorandum demanding justice for the journalist couples’ murder.

“We stay constantly updated on the matter. We hope that we will be able to find some answers soon,” he said.

“I am embarrassed that the investigation report on this case has not been submitted in such a long time,” he said.

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The journalist leaders called for Kamal’s intervention to ensure a fair probe over the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice.

They said that the probe report which is supposed to be filed with the court on February 17, be submitted without further delay.

They submitted a memorandum to the minister.

“Getting justice for murder is every citizen’s right. It is the state’s duty to ensure that right. The law enforcement agencies have solved major murder cases and brought criminals to justice. We believe there is no reason why they should be able to solve Sagar and Runi’s murder,” the memorandum said.

Earlier, DRU held a protest rally in the city. Then the organization leaders led a procession to the home minister’s office.

On the night of February 11, 2012, Machranga Television news editor Sagar and ATN Bangla senior reporter Runi were murdered in their own homes.

The court has so far issued 62 dates for the submission of the investigation report on this murder case. The current investigating agency, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), continues to seek more time.

The latest date for submission was January 9.