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DNA test of guard allowed

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Court Correspondent

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Enam Ahmed alias Humayun Kabir on an eight-day remand in connection with the journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder case.
Though one year has elapsed since Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi was brutally killed at their apartment on February 11, 2012, law enforcers are still in the dark about the case.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Humayun Kabir, a "prime" suspect in the murder case, from Brahmanbaria Railway Station on Saturday.
He is the fugitive security guard of the building where the killing of the journalist couple took place.
The court also allowed the investigation officer of the case to collect DNA sample from the accused Enam Ahmed which would be necessary for profile matching with the other accused.
Earlier, the Rab sent several samples to the USA for DNA test to identify the accused responsible for the murders.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan yesterday passed the order after Enam Ahmed was produced before the court with a ten-day remand prayer for quizzing him.
Senior Assistant Superintendent of Rab Mohammad Zafar Ullah, also the investigation officer of the case, in his prayer said it was necessary to put Enam on remand to find out motive of the killing and whereabouts of others responsible for the offence.
During yesterday's hearing, the court also rejected a petition filed by the defence lawyer for cancelling the remand prayer of Enam.
In the plea, the defence lawyer sought respite from the remand saying that Enam's name was not mentioned in the First Information Report (FIR).
However, the court documents showed the name of the "prime" suspect as Enam Ahmed alias Humayun Kabir.
The accused was first picked up for interrogation on the very day the journalist couple was murdered. He was later released.
The elite force was given the charge of investigating the case on April 18, 2012, after it vented frustration over the Detective Branch's failure in identifying the killers.
In October last, Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir announced a bounty of Tk 10 lakh on Enam.
He had also claimed to have identified seven suspects including Enam.
The other six accused are: Rafiqul Islam, Bakul Miah, Masum Mintu, Sayeed, another security guard of the couple's residence Palash Rudra Paul, and the couple's "family friend" Tanvir.
Of the suspects, the first four are now in jail in connection with the murder of physician Nitai, while Palash and Tanvir are in Rab custody.

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