WE have been shocked by the two very recent incidents of murder on subsequent days in the capital. One of the victims was a high profile TV personality and well respected religious scholar and Imam of the High Court Mosque. What is frightening is that these killings have occurred in the early part of the evening by forcing into the victims' homes and perpetrating the crimes virtually in the presence of the other inmates.
We must put on record our strong reservation about the failure of the police to find out the killers of most of these murders, and in fact very few, if at all, of the high profile killings, abductions and disappearances in recent times, like that of Sagar-Runi and labour leader Aminul Islam have been solved.
We take issue with the state minister for home that the latest shooting to death of three of a family is a stray incident. The minister should acknowledge the reality that these are clear indications of deteriorating law and order when even ones own house is no longer a safe place for a citizen. It will be well to remember that stray incidents accrete till they assume overwhelming proportions that becomes too difficult to handle.
The current state of law and order will only help sap public trust in the agencies. While we admit that not every bedroom can be guarded by the police, what the taxpayers can at least expect from the police is that the felons would be apprehended and meted out the punishment they deserve. And that would act as effective deterrence.