Published:  12:00 AM, 07 January 2017

Intensify inquiry of MP Liton murder

A week has passed since the Awami League MP from Gaibandha Manjurul Islam Liton was killed by unknown assassins in his own home. But the investigators are still without a clue as to who the attackers were or their motive though opinions are being voiced loudly that amount to prejudging the identities of the murderers without the same being credibly established. Some Awami League (AL) leaders are claiming that the members of the Jamaat-e-Islami party were at the root of organizing his killing. But these are only guesses at best and it is good to see that the police are not buying unproved conclusions but are sticking to their unbiased probe to find out without any mistake the real killers. The police were noted for picking up a locally important Chatra League leader on Thursday as part of their investigation in the MP's murder.

   A section of the AL leaders heap all blames on the BNP-Jamaat nexus for any wrong but  the facts are that in many cases the excesses and truculence can also be irrefutably traced to those who are close to the party in power. Thus, the policemen would be doing a service by dispassionately probing the MP's murder and revealing the true identities of the assailants. If this is done, the image of the ruling party will improve. In a series of incidents recently, the violent infighting or feuding between rival factions or individuals of the AL have been quite transparent. Thus, it would be pragmatism on the part of the AL leadership to embark on a course of deep cleansing of the party's rank and file. Such a move will add positively to the poll prospects of the party in the future.

On the other hand, there are also other aspects to be acted upon. If the continuing investigations lead to proof enough of Jamaat or militant involvement in the murder of the MP, then the same must be addressed with firmness by the law enforcers. A number of lawmakers of the AL died in attacks by political opponents in the past with MP Liton being the latest among the victims.  This aspect should also be kept in mind. Reportedly, MP Liton before his murder alerted the police about the death threat he was faced with and requested security for himself and his family members. He also requested the district administration for the return of his licensed pistol fearing a threat to his life. If the requests were responded to promptly then probably  the murder very much at his home might not have been so easy. The police should put in place round the clock guarding of MPs and other important persons. Investigation to nab murderers should be intensified.

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