Sagar-Runi murder: Court summons investigator

A Dhaka court has summoned the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officer who was investigating the 2012 murder of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi.

The officer in question had failed to submit the probe report even after the extension of the deadline 46 times.

The court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Majharul Hakim on Wednesday pulled up Assistant Superintendent Mahiuddin Ahmed and ordered him to appear before the court to render an explanation.

It has also fixed March 21 for submitting the investigation report.

On February 12, 2012, Maasranga Television News Editor Sagar and ATN Bangla Senior Reporter Runi were found stabbed to death in the bedroom of their apartment in Dhaka’s Razabazar.

The couple’s only child Mahir Sarwar Megh was found in the apartment.

Autopsy reports said the couple died of wounds inflicted by sharp weapons.

Sagar had suffered 28 stab wounds while Runi five before they breathed their last, according to the investigators.

After visiting the slain journalist couple’s residence following the killing on February 11, 2012, then Home Minister advocate Shahara Khatun had said that the killers would be hunted down within 48 hours.

A few days later, then Inspector General of Police Hasam Mahmud Khandker in a press briefing at the Police Headquarters claimed that there was a marked progress in the investigation into the case, which was filed with Sher-e-Banglanagar Police Station.

In 2014, a DNA test at a US laboratory which was based on the evidences collected from the place of occurrence as supplied by the designated investigation agency confirmed the presence of two suspects at the apartment of Sagar-Runi during the gruesome murder, but the elite force is yet to be able to detect the two suspects.

Rab launched the investigation into the murder following a High Court order on April 14 in 2003. Earlier, the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police investigated the case.

Five suspects were in custody in connection to the killing.

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