Cops finally 'sure about' motive
Fifteen days after the murder of journalist couple Meherun Runi and Sagar Sarowar, police yesterday claimed that they had ascertained the motive behind the murders.
“We are almost certain about the motive behind the murder, but it will not be wise to disclose it at this moment for the sake of investigation” Monirul Islam, deputy commissioner of Detective Branch of police (DB-South), told The Daily Star.
Meherun Runi, senior reporter at the private TV channel ATN Bangla, and her husband Sagar Sarowar, news editor at private TV station Maasranga, were murdered in their West Rajabazar flat in the capital on February 11.
Replying to a query, the police official said, “More than two persons committed the murders, and at least seven peopled were involved in it.”
He said the culprits were not professional killers and brought sharp weapons into the flat from outside to murder the couple.
Monirul said they neither arrested nor detained anyone with links to the murders.
Monirul Islam, however, said, "The investigation has seen significant progress,” and hoped that the killers would be arrested soon.
In the meantime, Runi's family has requested the editors of all national dailies not to publish “unnecessary and wrong” information about the murdered couple or their families.
“After the incident, a section of the media has been publishing unnecessary and wrong information about the slain journalists as well as our family, adding to our misery,” Runi's brother Nawsher Alam Roman said in a statement on behalf of the family.
“Although conscious journalists and others have protested it [unnecessary and wrong information], we [the family] have not protested that much against it,” said Roman, who filed a murder case after the killings.
He said they are trying their best to help Mahir Sarowar Megh, the only child of the slain couple, recover from the trauma, and give him a normal life.
The entire journalist community was shocked at the murder and had been demanding the quick trial of the killers, Roman added.
UNB reports: Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said the killers of the journalist couple would be arrested soon.
The minister made the remark during a meeting with Alison Bethel McKenzie, executive director of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), at his ministry.
When McKenzie wanted to know about the progress in the probe, the minister said the investigation was going on in full swing.
The visiting IPI executive director also urged the government to take effective measures to stop violence against journalists and ensure press freedom.
McKenzie also underscored the need for amending or abolishing the existing law on libel to ensure the freedom of speech and the press.