Journalists and well-wishers of slain journalist, rights activist and freedom fighter Manik Saha have urged the government to take initiatives to ensure capital punishment for the real culprits behind the murder.
They made the demand on Thursday in a letter sent to the attorney general seeking justice through a reinvestigation, and identifying the planners, financers, patrons and killers.
Tomorrow is the noted journalist's 14th death anniversary.
Copies of the letter, signed by ptbnews.com Chief Editor Ashis Kumar Dey, on behalf of the “Sangbadik Manik Saha Hatyar Bicharprarthi Sangkhubdha Sangbadik Samaj”, was also sent to the prime minister, law minister, home minister, president's secretary and registrar of the High Court division of the Supreme Court, says a press release received yesterday.
The letter said the November 30, 2016 verdict pronounced by the Khulna speedy tribunal judge sentencing nine people to life-term imprisonment was based on an imprudent investigation and flawed charge sheet.
According to the letter, the charge sheet, filed before the court, prepared by Khulna police identified 13 people mostly from the then two rival groups of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party. It did not include the planners, financers and patrons of the murder.
Manik Saha, a stringer of BBC Bangla Service and senior reporter of daily New Age and the Dainik Sangbad, was killed in a bomb attack on January 15, 2004 at Chhoto Mirzapur near Khulna Press Club.
Posthumously awarded Ekushey Padak, Manik Saha, was also the Khulna chapter president of Amnesty International and president of Khulna Press Club.