Frustration at slow probe to murder of photographer Irfanul, others

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:18, Apr 21,2019 | Updated: 01:19, Apr 21,2019


Photographer Shahidul Alam, extreme right, speaks at a discussion marking the third anniversary of death of photographer Irfanul Islam at Drik Picture Library in Dhaka on Saturday. From left to right, Ganosamhati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, economist Anu Muhammad and academician Meghna Guha Thakurta are also seen. — New Age photo

Activists and photographers at a discussion on Saturday vented their frustration at slow progress of criminal investigation as women and children continued to fall victims to murders and rape.
Drik Picture Library organised the discussion to mark the third anniversary of death of photographer Irfanul Islam, who was murdered on April 2, 2016 after being kidnapped.
‘The list of the victims of murders and rape keeps getting bigger,’ said Anu Muhammad, member secretary, the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port.
He said that the situation was so bad that people would be happy to know that they would die a natural death.
Referring to the murders of Twaqi, journalist couple Sagar-Runi, Tanu and Nusrat, Anu said that investigations headed nowhere and people were still in dark about the murders.
He said that government also failed to ensure the people to live a safe life or to go to safe workplaces.
The devastating fire at FR Tower was a testament to authority’s failure to ensure safety at workplace.
Academician Meghna Guhathakurta, Ganosamhati Andolan convener Zonayed Saki, Drik Picture Library managing director Shahidul Alam also participated in the discussion. Shahidul Alam said that Irfan was not alone to die long before his time came.
He said that many people wait for justice after their loved ones were murdered or disappeared or raped.
He said that unquestioned public acceptance of the situation would only worsen the situation.

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