HC summons DB DC, IO over sloth in Sagar-Runi murder probeStaff Correspondent
The High Court on Tuesday asked a deputy commissioner of the Detective Branch and the investigation officer probing the killings of journalist couple Sagor Sarwar and Meherun Runi to appear before it today to report the progress of investigation into the case.
‘The DC of DB (South), Monirul Islam, is directed to appear before us at 10:30 tomorrow with all the confessional statements [of the witnesses], the first information report [of the case], and the confidentiality of which shall be dictated,’ said the order issued by the bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Justice Jahangir Hossain.
The court said, ‘The investigation officer and DB inspector, Rabiul Alam, is also directed to appear before the bench at that time.’
The court passed the order as the probe progress report the investigation officer filed on March 20 as per its directive could showed no headway in the investigation.
Sagar, a news editor of private television channel Maasranga, and his wife Runi, a senior reporter of another private television channel ATN Bangla, were brutally stabbed to death at their rented flat in the city’s West Rajabazar on February 11.
On February 28, the bench, in response to a public interest litigation, issued a rule on the government and the police directing them to explain in two weeks why a direction should not be given to detect and round up the killers and bring them to justice in due course.
The Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh had filed the petition seeking a directive on the authorities concerned to find out the killers and the motive behind the grisly double murder.
The police failed to file reply on the court rule, ABM Altaf Hossain, the law officer concerned submitted to the court.
The court later directed the police to submit to it by March 20 a probe progress report on the case.
The progress report submitted to the court said that they were giving emphases on two facts—whether the killings were linked with robbery by an organised gang or the killings were liked with personal and family problems or professional jealousy’
It also said the police continued interrogations of relevant persons who included the guards of the victims’ rented house, their drivers, maid servant, probable guests and opponents, colleagues and friends.
The report said that the process of collecting evidences about involvement of professional criminals continued and all kinds of drive for the recovery of the looted goods were also going on.
All out efforts to unearth the mystery behind the killings and arrest the killers are going on, said the report, adding ‘In this regard, information is being collected by appointing spies.’
The report also said, ‘More than one police officer are investigating the case apart from round-the-clock monitoring by higher authorities.’
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