A journalist couple were killed in Bangladesh.
S. M. Anwar Hossain, A journalist couple was killed in front of their five-year-old son at their West Rajabazar residence in Dhaka early Saturday.
Sagar Sarwar, a news editor of private TV channel Maasranga Television, and his wife Meherun Runi, a senior reporter of ATN Bangla, were laid to rest at the Azimpur graveyard in the evening after four namaz-e-janazas.
Security guard Palash Rudra Pal said Runi was at home since Friday evening while Sarwar reached home by an office car around 2:00am Saturday.
Nurunnabi, president of the flat association, told reporters that he heard screams of somebody when he woke up for Fazr prayers. He immediately called Pal and asked him to see where the sound was coming from.
But Pal could not detect exactly from which flat the sound was coming, he said.
Quoting Megh, Hamida Sultana, a resident of the neighbouring flat, said some guests were had taken dinner at the house on Friday.
Pal said he did not see anybody going out or in after Sarwar returned home early Saturday.
The Daily Star reporter checked a register book of the flat used for keeping records of visitors and found a man introducing himself as Toufiq entered Runi’s house at 4:52pm Friday but there is no record when he went out of the flat.
Witness to the killing, their son Mahi Sarwar Megh said the killers murdered Sarwar first. Detail information could not be taken from the traumatised kid.
Mahi telephoned his grandmother around 6:30am to inform her about the killings, Runi’s mother told The Daily Star.
On information, high officials of police, Rapid Action Battalion and Criminal Investigation Department rushed to the spot.
Visiting the house, The Daily Star correspondent reported that the murderers tied both legs of Sarwar before killing him.
The main door of their rented flat on the top floor of the five-storied building ‘Shahjalal Rashid Lodge’ was found locked from inside but a grill of the kitchen’s window was found cut.
Detective Branch of police arrested two security guards of the building – Pal and Humayun Kabir – who were on duty during the incident.
They were taken to DB police headquarters at the city’s Minto Road.
Meanwhile, the detectives released Runi’s brothers Nawser Alam and Nawdish Alam around 4:00pm after primary interrogations at the DB headquarters.
Mahbubor Rahman, deputy commissioner of DB (north), told The Daily Star the law enforcers have not found their involvement in the killings, but they are yet to be sure that the siblings were not behind the incidents.
So, he said, the two brothers will remain under their observation.
The bodies of Sarwar and Runi were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hoispital morgue for autopsy around 1:00pm.
Home Minister Shahara Khatun, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Mahbubul Haque Shakil, Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University AAMS Arefin Siddique and Chief Executive Officer of Maasranga Television Syed Fahim Munaim visited the flat.
Terming the killing as an “unexpected incident”, DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed said clue behind the murder would be unearthed within the shortest possible time, UNB reports.