Rapid Action Battalion today issued a statement asking media to refrain from publishing news involving the elite force "without proof".
"Some news media published misleading and untoward news, mentioning imaginary names of top Rab officials as being involved in the Narayanganj seven-murder," reads the statement signed by Habibur Rahman, Rab’s legal and media wing director, on behalf of the director general of the force.
“Such motivated, imaginary and unsubstantiated news involving a well-disciplined force like the Rab is unexpected and unwarranted," it continues.
“We seek your cooperation in bolstering the Rab activities by circulating justified and constructive news, instead of such baseless news in future.”
Referring to the seven-murder incident, the Rab said, "The contents of the confessional statements given by the two dismissed Rab men under Section 164 are extremely confidential, bound to secrecy by the law. But within ten minutes of the confessional statement on June 4, a local lawyer told media that a specific top official's name was mentioned in the statement as being involved in the incident”.
Terming the lawyer's action ill motivated, the elite force said, "Such baseless propagandas are aimed at demeaning the Rab."
“If the name of any top official of the Rab headquarters crops up in the confessional statements, then the investigation team legal action will be taken against him after thorough investigation,” said the statement.
“Though it is only ethical for the press that it asks for a statement/comment from the parties concerned for publishing news on any issue, the Rab was not asked for anything as such, which is unethical, tragic and unprincipled,” the statement continues.