Cops get no clue from fingerprints
The CID could not find a lead from the fingerprints and footprints collected from the crime scene as the impressions provided to them were not clear, said DB sources yesterday.
They said apart from law enforcers, lots of people, including the victims' relatives, journalists and curious onlookers, were let to visit the crime scene which led to ruining the prints.
Mehedi Hasan, additional deputy commissioner of the Detective Branch (DB) of police, said they have other evidence in hand, but he did not elaborate on it. “We are still collecting evidence,” he added.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted the fingerprint and footprint report to DB Thursday night. The report said the prints provided were not clear enough, said Mehedi Hasan.
Sagar Sarowar, news editor of private television channel Maasranga, and his wife Meherun Runi, a senior reporter of another private TV channel ATN Bangla, were killed in their West Rajabazar flat early Saturday last.
The case of the journalist couple murder was transferred from Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police to DB on Thursday. That day DB officials at a press conference claimed to have identified some suspects, many of whom were under constant watch.
“We are trying to solve the case with full professionalism. Several people had been interrogated but nothing more can be shared right now,” Mehedi Hasan said.
Meanwhile, 61 teachers, journalists, rights and social activists, writers and analysts yesterday condemned and criticised a section of the media for producing baseless and controversial reports on the slain couple's personal life.
The signatories include Advocate Sultana Kamal, Prof Abul Barkat, Prof Anu Mohammad, Prof MM Akash, Prof Ali Riaz, Prof Mesbah Kamal, Barrister Sara Hossain, Prof Giti Ara Nasrin, Dr Faustina Pereira, Zobaida Nasrin, Robaet Ferdous Rehnuma Ahmed.
In a joint statement they expressed concerns that such rumours might overshadow the fact, impede the probe and delay the finding of the killers.
They described the media's act of interrogating the victims' five-year-old son over and over as torture and urged not to bother him anymore. The signatories also demanded justice.