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Jyotirmoy Dey
Shocking news from Mumbai. This is the report from IE:

Senior investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead by motorcycle-borne killers in broad daylight in Mumbai’s central suburb of Powai on Saturday afternoon.

Police said two men on a bike drew up close to Dey’s own bike before the man riding pillion pumped five bullets into him from behind. The attack was carried out at 2.40 pm opposite the D-Mart convenience store in Powai’s plush Hiranandani Gardens, as the 56-year-old journalist rode his bike in the direction of his home.

Dey, who wrote under the byline ‘J Dey’, was Editor (Special Investigations) with the Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day. He worked for several years with The Indian Express up to 2005, the year he joined Hindustan Times. Dey wrote extensively on the Mumbai underworld, and broke some of the most significant crime stories during his stint with The Express.

In recent weeks, Dey had written extensively on the oil smuggling and pilferage mafia functioning off the coast of Mumbai. He was also investigating the recent Pakmodia Street shooting in which the driver-cum-bodyguard of Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar was killed.

Journalists have not been killed by criminals in Mumbai before: that used to be a practice only in Delhi, UP, and so on. Another detail that is sure to shock a lot of Mumbaikars is that the shooting happened in the upscale residential area of Hiranandani.

Outlook adds:

Condemning the killing of a senior journalist here, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said that police will conduct an in-depth inquiry into the incident to nab the culprits and ensure that they get stringent punishment.

“Media plays an important role in democracy and efforts to terrorise media will be foiled,” Chavan said after senior investigative journalist Jyoti Dey was shot dead by motorcycle-borne killers in broad daylight in Mumbai’s central suburb of Powai on Saturday afternoon.

The Chief Minister, who was on an official tour to Pune, contacted the Mumbai Police Commissioner and directed him to carry out a detailed inquiry immediately into the incident.

“Dey’s killers should be caught immediately and stringent action should be taken against them,” he said, adding, “all steps would be taken to ensure that journalists are able to perform their duty without fear.”

June 14, 2011

HT reports development:

Under pressure from the government and media organizations, the Mumbai police got cracking in the investigation into journalist Jyotirmoy Dey’s murder, transferring an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) suspected of threatening the scribe, police said on Tuesday. ACP Anil Mahabole, the officer in charge of the Azad Maidan division of south Mumbai, was abruptly shunted late on Monday to an insignificant post in the local arms constabulary in Naigaon, an officer said.

Mahabole already has several pending inquiries against him and has been under the scanner for threatening another Mumbai journalist, T K Dwivedi, a colleague of Dey.

“A few weeks ago, when I was arrested in connection with an Official Secrets Acts case, Mahabole came and threatened me inside the governemnt railway police lock-up room. I have lodged a separate complaint in this regard and the matter is being investigated,” Dwivedi, who goes by the alias of ‘Akela’, told IANS on Tuesday.

Two weeks before Dey was killed, Mahabole had spoken to him, but Dey did not reveal the nature of the conversation, he added.

Dey was allegedly threatened by Mahabole a few years ago when he had named him as one of the Mumbai police officers having connections with underworld mafia don, Dawood Ibrahim’s gang.

Mumbai police on Monday also released a sketch of one of the four suspected killers who pumped bullets into Dey on Saturday. The sketch, prepared following inputs of eyewitnesses, described the suspect as a youth aged between 20-25 years, dark complexioned, 5.5 feet tall and of medium build.

June 16, 2011

The Hindu reports the court’s anxiety about proper investigations in this case:

The Bombay High Court today directed the Maharashtra government and police to file on June 21 a status report on the probe into the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey.

Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R V More said in view of the importance of the case, they were also directing the State to ensure that Advocate General Ravi Kadam argues the matter himself.

The bench was hearing two petitions filed by lawyer V P Patil and former journalist Ketan Tirodkar seeking a CBI probe into Mr. Dey’s killing.

The court also allowed applications filed by two journalist organisations – Press Club, Mumbai and Marathi Patrakar Parishad – to intervene in the matter as they also pleaded for a CBI probe into murder of Mr. Dey, who was shot dead by four unidentified assailants in suburban Powai on June 11.

Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol said investigations were on and the city police and its crime branch were moving in the right direction. He said the government was conscious and there was no need to transfer to probe to CBI at this stage.

However, the judges said they would like to know the progress made by city police and crime branch in the probe and asked the state to file a status report on June 21.


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  1. […] The murdered journalist Jyotirmoy Dey‘s newspaper, Mid Day writes: According to the police, underworld gangster Chhota Rajan ordered the hit on Dey and seven of his hardcore killers executed the plan for a Rs 5-lakh supari. … The cops picked up Rohit Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalia (34), Abhijeet Shinde (28) and Anil Vaghmode (35) from Rameshwaram, where they were all set to flee the city and head to Tirupati. […]

  2. […] are new developments in the mystery of the murder of the the journalist, Jyotirmoy Dey. The police arrested the alleged contract shooters a few days ago. Now, TOI reports: Chembur […]

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