We are investigating the case with utmost importance: RAB director

Journalist couple Sagar Sarwar (L) and Meherun RuniFile photo

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is trying to unravell the motive behind the murder of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi and bring those involved in the murder to book with utmost importance, reports UNB.

“We have sent the samples of 25 suspected people for DNA test and other evidence in USA. The USA in its report revealed that the DNA tests found involvement of two more people outside the 25 suspected people and still they are on the run. This is the main reason behind delay in the submission of the probe report,” said RAB's legal and media wing director Khandaker Al Moin.

He said this during the regular briefing at the RAB media centre in the capital’s Karwan Bazar area on Monday.

Due to delay in identifying the actual culprits, the submission of the probe report in connection with the murder case, he said.

“RAB is investigating the murder case taking in mind that the innocent person should not be harassed,” said the director.

Earlier in the day, a Dhaka court fixed 11 September for submission of the probe report in the murder case.

With this, the deadline for submission of the probe report in the case was deferred for the 100th time.

The RAB was supposed to submit the report today but as it failed to submit the report Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Rashidul Alam fixed the new date for submitting it.

On 2 March, 2021, RAB submitted a progress report in the Sagar-Runi murder case in affidavit form to the Attorney General’s Office.

According to the report, two unidentified people were involved in the murder.

Maasranga Television news editor Sagar Sarowar and his wife ATN Bangla senior correspondent Meherun Runi were found dead at their rented apartment in the city’s West Rajabazar area on 11 February 2012.

Nousher Ali Roman, brother of Runi, filed a case with Sher-e-Banglanagar police station on the following day.

Police arrested Tanvir Rahman in connection with the murder case on 1 October, 2012. Later, he secured bail in 2014.

Law enforcers have so far arrested eight people, including Tanvir, in connection with the murder case.

The seven other suspects are Rafiqul Islam, Bakul Mia, Abu Syed, Mintu alias Baggira Mintu alias Masum Mintu, Quamrul Hasan alias Arun, security guard Enam Ahmed alias Humayun Kabir and Palash Rudra Pal.