MP's gun and media
Ibrahim died in a dubious situation. The case got disproportionate media attention as the alleged murder took place in the jeep of a ruling party MP. The gun used in the killing belongs to the same MP. Police after unusual reluctance lodged a murder case and promptly arrested two persons who immediately made confessional statements implicating themselves. The case appears to be solved and ready to be tried in the court. But media and general public appear not fully convinced. They want to know whether the police version is oversimplified or something is being concealed. The state minister for law who is also a lawyer at one stage indicated that the MP may be charged for unauthorized use of his licensed gun. It also appears that at initial stage some attempts were taken to hide the facts and even destroy evidences. The victim was taken to a private clinic in old Dhaka area, the blood stained seat of jeep was washed, dead body was left at DMCH emergency as unidentified and at last an unnatural death case was started by the killer driver himself. These irregularities need careful examination. Investigators should not jump to conclusions quickly. Provisions of arms act and regulation should also be analysed. In certain situation absolute custody of licensed arm is necessary.
So far the government has shown total neutrality in the case. Media should also play a similar neutral role. Trial of any case should take place in appropriate court. Media trial is a very dangerous trend. Law should take its own course lest we forget everybody is equal in the eye of law.