Police mum on journo murder probe progress

POLICE claimed “substantial progress” in the investigation into the journalist couple murder but did not disclose anything “for the sake of probe” on Monday when a 48-hour timeframe given by the home minister ended

“It is not always possible to be 100 percent successful by the stipulated time,” Hassan Mahmood Khandaker, the inspector general of police (IGP), said at a press briefing at Police Headquarters Monday noon.

Though he claimed “substantial progress”, the police chief refused to disclose any information when asked about the arrest of anyone in connection with the murders.

“I can’t say anything at this moment for the sake of a successful investigation.”

Runi, senior reporter of private TV channel ATN Bangla, and her husband Sagar Sarowar, news editor of another private TV station Maasranga, were stabbed to death at their West Rajabazar apartment early Saturday.

Organised on completion of a two-day quarterly conference of police, the briefing saw queries chiefly on the progress of investigation into the gruesome killing of the journalist couple.

Saying that police have given utmost importance to the probe, the IGP said:  “We will be able to give you about a positive news soon because members of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Rab (Rapid Action Battalion), CID (Criminal Investigation Department), Detective Branch (of police) are working sincerely.”

Given special importance, the investigation is going on in full swing, said Khandaker.

While visiting the slain journalists at their house, Home Minister Shahara Khatun said she had directed the law enforcers to arrest the killers within 48 hours.

While talking to The Daily Star earlier on Sunday, Monirul Islam, deputy commissioner of Detective Branch of police (DB-South) said: “We have information, but we cannot disclose anything until we produce the killers before you (the media).”


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