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Thursday, 17 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Discussants at a reminiscence meeting on Tuesday said that the trial of the eminent journalist Manik Saha, who was murdered, was not completed due to the negligence and reluctance of the BNP-Jamaat government and administration.

In the meeting, held at the Moni Singh-Farhad Memorial Trust to mark the fourth death anniversary of New Age correspondent Manik Saha, the speakers urged the interim government to take necessary steps to bring the killers to book immediately.

They also held the BNP-Jamaat government responsible for patronising the killers instead of ensuring punishment to them, which increased the journalists' professional risk. 'The government failed to investigate the murder as many government officials were linked to those responsible for the murder,' said Khushi Kabir of Nijera Kari. He proposed the formation of a civil investigation committee to probe the murder and expedite trial.

The general secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Mujahidul Islam Selim, said the eventful life of Manik Saha was as an open sword as he fought against militants, injustice, etc. The meeting, presided over by the AAMS Arefin Siddique, was addressed by columnist Shekhar Dattha, Mahmud Selim of Udichi, former additional inspector-general of police Abdur Rahim Khan, Nurur Rahman Selim of the Democratic Party, Abu Naser Khan of Paribash Bachao Andolon and others.

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