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Charge-sheet filed in Sagira Morshed's murder case: Let there be speedy trial

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THE latest success story of Police Bureau of Investigation or PBI has brought again one thing to the forefront that - it's possible to conduct police investigation fairly if the police remain sincere and neutral. The PBI on Thursday submitted the charge-sheet of 30-year-old Sagira Morshed murder case to the Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate accusing four persons. The accused are - victim's brother-in-law Hasan Ali Chowdhury, his wife Sayedatul Mahmuda alias Shahin, brother-in-law (wife's brother) Anas Mahmud alias Rezwan and their hired killer Maruf Reza. The accused confessed that Sagira was murdered in connection with family feud. But the way of securing confession by police remains to be seen if obtained freely. We find it a surprise that criminals feel so happy to confess their guilt to be punished.
Sagira, 34, was shot dead on July 25, 1989 while going to capital's Viqarunnisa Noon School on Bailey Road by a rickshaw to pick up her daughter Saharat. The killers in the guises of muggers shot her dead in front of the school. Later, Sagira's husband filed a murder case with Ramna Police Station against some unknown people. At first it was believed that it was a task of muggers. But some important information had started unveiling one after another during court proceedings. At one stage, the trial proceedings of the case had been stayed for the last 28 years following a High Court order. Finally, the PBI was given assignment to reinvestigate the incident on July 17 last year. This murder case is an excellent example of wonderful coordination between police investigation and trial proceedings. If the court didn't assign the PBI for further investigation, the mystery behind the grisly murder might have remained in the dark.
Unless the trial takes place speedily to know about the veracity of police finding we cannot be sure about the success of investigation because of the role plays by politics. The reputation of police depends upon their own honesty and avoiding political pressure. 

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