Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Five years on, home minister assures of justice for killers of journo couple Sagar, Runi

  • Staff Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-02-16 17:54:03 BdST


Investigators of the 2012 murders of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi are yet to find any lead, but Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal is still hopeful.

Speaking at an event in Dhaka on Thursday, he said the Rapid Action Battalion is on the case.

"We hope ... I am hopeful about the solving the mystery."

On the morning of Feb 12, 2012, Maasranga Television News Editor Sagar and ATN Bangla Senior Reporter Runi were found stabbed to death in the bedroom of their apartment in Dhaka's Razabazar.

The couple's only child Mahir Sarwar Megh was found in the apartment. The autopsy report said the couple died of wounds inflicted by sharp weapons possibly by amateurs.

After the gruesome killings, which shook the nation, Runi’s brother started a murder case with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police.

Then home minister Shahara Khatun had promised to catch the culprits within 48 hours.

The Detective Branch was given the job to investigate the murder, but the court transferred it to RAB after the detectives failed to find any lead in two months.

Nine months after Khatun’s assurance, erstwhile home minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir claimed major breakthrough at a press conference when a few arrests were made.

But five years on, RAB is still fumbling in the dark over the killings.

The investigating officer, who failed to submit his report to the court even after extending the deadline 46 times, has been summoned by the court earlier this month.