Reinvestigation into journalist Manik Shaha murder demanded

Letter sent to attorney general

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:42, Jan 13,2018

 
 

Manik Shaha

Journalists and well-wishers of slain journalist Manik Shaha have demanded reinvestigation into the murder and identification and trial of the real perpetrators.
In a letter sent to Attorney General on Thursday, they said that the trial of the murder was unacceptable as it was done based on imprudent investigation and flawed charge-sheet.
The demand for justice to Manik Shaha, a Ekushey Padak winning journalist, came four days before his 14th death anniversary, January 15.
Manik Shaha, senior reporter of daily New Age and a stringer of BBC Bangla Service, was bombed to death at noon on January 15, 2004 at Chhota Mirzapur, a few yards off Khulna Press Club in Khulna city.
The slain journalist was posthumously awarded Ekushey Padak in 2009. He was also the Khulna chapter president of Amnesty International and president of Khulna Press Club.
The letter sent by Sangbadik Manik Shah Hatyar Bicharprarthi Sangkhubdha Sangbadik Samaj was sent by registered post on Thursday.
Copies of the letter were also sent to Prime Minister’s Office, law minister, home minister, secretary to president Abdul Hamid and registrar of the High Court.
The letter said that the November 30, 2016 verdict pronounced by a Khulna court punishing nine people to imprisonment for life term was based on imprudent investigation and flawed charge-sheet.
The charge-sheet by police implicated 13 people mostly from two rival groups of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party, but did not include the planners, financers and patronises of the murder, the letter said.
‘We urge for the prosecution appeal to the higher court against the verdict and reinvestigation to give maximum punishment to the killers and identify the planners, financers and patrons of the murder,’ the letter said. 

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