Journo couple murder: No proof of journo link yet, say police

POLICE are yet to find proof of any journalist’s involvement in the killing of journalist couple Meherun Runi and Sagar Sarowar, a police official said on Tuesday.

Officials of the Rapid Action Battalion meantime said they would not make any statement regarding anyone’s link with the murder without being certain.

The statements came three days after Sarowar, a news editor of private television Maasranga, and his wife Runi, a senior reporter of another private television ATN Bangla, were brutally stabbed to death at their West Rajabazar residence in the city.

Police are yet to disclose information of any arrest, though they have claimed to have made “substantial progress” in the investigation.

“We have not arrested or detained any journalist. We haven’t even interrogated any media activist in connection with the murder,” Imam Hossain, Deputy Commissioner of Tejgaon division, said at a press briefing Tuesday at the media centre of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

Police are yet to complete their investigation and would brief the media when they have enough proof to divulge identity of anyone.

He however said that police have no idea whether other agencies – Criminal Investigation Department and Detective Branch of police and Rab – have arrested or interrogated any journalist.

When asked about some newspaper reports on arrest of six people, he said: “If you talk about detention, I would say we have picked up two security guards and a caretaker of the building (where the journalist couple used to live).”

In response to a query, he said police collected Sarowar’s work samples from his workplace, Maasranga television, Tuesday to look into whether there was any professional issue behind the gruesome murder.

Police, later in the day, would collect samples of works by Runi from ATN Bangla, where she used to work till her killing, the police official added.

He said they are also collecting books written by Sagar Sarowar.

Asked about Rab investigation, Commander M Sohail of Rab’s legal and media wing said they are yet to dig out any information “that can be reported”.

“We don’t want to comment or make statement regarding detention of anyone unless we have adequate information regarding their involvement,” he said when asked about any journalist’s link with the killing.


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