Police claim they are ‘sure’ about the motivate behind Sagar-Runi murder

By Nazmus Saquib

Police said they are ‘almost sure’ of the motive behind the killings of the journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi. “We are almost certain about the motive but cannot disclose it for the sake of the investigation,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s ADC Mohammad Monirul Islam told the journalists at his office today.

He dismissed the idea of carrying ‘block raid’ in the capital and detaining or arresting anyone in connection with the murder. On Feb 11, Maasranga Television news editor Golam Mostofa Sarowar, alias Sagar Sarowar, and his wife, ATN Bangla senior reporter Meherun Nahar Runi, were found murdered at their flat in the city’s west Rajabazar area.

Inspector general of police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandker had earlier claimed “remarkable progress” in solving the Sagar-Runi case within a 48-hour deadline set by the home minister on the day of the murder.

Even though 15 days have passed since the brutal murder and the 48-hour deadline, the police are yet to make any arrests.

When journalists asked Islam about the progress in the probe, Monirul Islam said, “Huge progress have been made but we cannot quantify it now.”

Meanwhile journalists community of the print and electronic media under different banners have warned to build up tougher movements in the coming days to protest against what they claimed ‘government’s failure ‘ to nab the culprits even after passing of half a month since the incident.