Police yet to press charges against accused
Police are yet to press charges against the accused in the case for murder of noted journalist Foteh Osmani in Sylhet.
Osmani was stabbed in the city on the night of April 18 this year and succumbed to his injuries on April 28 in the capital.
The police, however, claimed that investigation of the case is already finished and the charge sheet is being approved for submission to the courts.
Monitoring cell of the Ministry of Home Affairs last week considered the case as one of the seven most important cases currently under investigation from all over the country.
The Investigation Officer (IO) Sub-Inspector Abdur Rahim said that the charge sheet is being scrutinised for submission to court and they are conducting raids to arrest another person suspected to be involved in the murder.
Osmani, Sylhet regional correspondent of the Saptahik 2000, was suddenly attacked by a gang near Doldoli Tea Garden in Shahi Eidgah area in the city on his way home around midnight on April 18. The gang intercepted Osmani, snatched his moneybag, mobile phone and the motorbike before stabbing him and his companion MA Malek.
Osmani's younger brother MA Matin filed a case with the Kotwali police accusing Saddam Hossain alias Tiger Saddam, Kashem Ali and others. Both the accused have long criminal records. Days after the incident locals handed over Saddam to the police while Kashem, Sumon, Swapon and Russel were arrested later. Among them, Kashem and Sumon gave confessional statements in court and narrated the incident while police claimed all the five were involved with the murder.
Rab arrested businessman Moududul Haque and the deceased's companion MA Malek suspecting their complicity with the murder. However, the police took a different stand and the two got bail from the magistrate court.
Lyricist and poet Foteh Osmani had previously worked for news agency UNB, local dailies Jugabhery, Dainik Jalalabad and Daily Sobuj Sylhet. He had visited the UK and wrote two books on expatriates.