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SAGAR-RUNI MURDER

Journalists disappointed at sluggish pace of probe

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Friends and relatives of the slain journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Mehrun Runi form a human chain at Karwan Bazar in Dhaka on Tuesday, demanding capital punishment for the killers. — New Age photoFriends and relatives of the slain journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Mehrun Runi form a human chain at Karwan Bazar in Dhaka on Tuesday, demanding capital punishment for the killers. — New Age photo

Journalists across the country on Tuesday staged demonstrations and formed human chains demanding immediate completion of the investigation into the case of murder of slain journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.
Marking the second death anniversary of the couple, the journalists’ organisation leaders have expressed their dismay at the sluggish pace of investigation. They also vowed for tougher movement including token hunger strike to press for finding out the killers of the journalist couple.
Private channel Maasranga Television news editor Golam Mostafa Sagar, also known as Sagar Sarowar, and ATN Bangla senior reporter Meherun Runi were brutally murdered in their East Rajabazar residence on Feb 11, 2012.
In the capital, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, Dhaka Union of Journalists, and Dhaka Reporters Unity observed separate programmes marking the death anniversary.
DRU, in a discussion at Sagar-Runi Auditorium, announced to stage token hunger strike on March 31 on its premises to press home the demand for expediting trial of the killers of the journalist couple.
At the discussion, Saleha Munir, mother of Sagar stressed on united movement to ensure justice for those journalists who were brutally killed.
She expressed her dissatisfaction saying, ‘despite government assurance, two years have passed, but the mystery behind the murder is yet to be unearthed…  the murderers are yet to be identified.’
‘I want justice, I want justice for my Megh,’ added Saleha.
At a united platform, both factions of BFUJ and DUJ organised a protest rally in front of National Press Club while DRU arranged a discussion meeting at Sagar-Runi Auditorium to mark the anniversary of the killing.
The BFUJ faction president Manjurl Ahsan Bulbul, who chaired the joint rally, said that the government had failed to arrest the killers of journalist couple in two years. He demanded immediate arrest of the killers and their exemplary punishment.
The journalist community will continue their movements jointly in demand of the punishment of the killers, Bulbul added.
Ruhul Amin Gazi, president of the other faction of BFUJ, said the journalists would continue their joint movement to press for resolving various problems of the media, reopening of the closed media houses and implementation of the 8th wage board award.
BFUJ faction secretary general Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan said that the journalists would remain in the streets until the trial of the killers of Sagar-Runi is completed.  
In Khulna, journalists demanded immediate arrest and trail of those who were involved in murder of the couple. They formed a human chain in front of Khulna Press Club under the banner of the Khulna Office of Masranga TV. Later, a protest rally was held at the same venue.
Speakers, while indicating the failure of the law enforcement agencies and government to arrest the murderers of Sagar-Runi, said that journalist community would continue their movement.
New Age Brahmanbaria Correspondent reported a human chain was formed in front of Brahmanbaria Press club organised by Maasranga Television district correspondent demanding justice into the murder of the journalist couple.
Television and print media journalists, socio-cultural activists and students attended in the rally. The protest meeting was presided over by Maasranga Television Brahmanbaria district correspondent Selim Parvez.
Journalists in Jessore formed a human chain in front of Jessore Press Club demanding the arrest and exemplary punishment of the killers of journalist couple Sagar-Runi.
Journalist in Jhenaidah formed a human chain in front of Jhenaidah press club demanding the trial of the killers of Sagar-Runi.




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