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Police claim Chhota Rajan killed Dey

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Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik (speaking) and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Ray at a press conference

Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik (speaking) and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Ray at a press conference

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.

Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Himanshu Roy said, “During the interrogation of these three, they revealed the details of the plot and the names of their associates.

A team went to Solapur and arrested Nilesh Shengde while other accused Arun Doke (27), Sachin Gaikwad and Mangesh Aagavne (25) were arrested in Mumbai.”

He added, “A Qualis was also seized from Rameshwaram and two bikes were detained from Aagavne’s residence.”

The police have also recovered the alleged murder weapon from Kalia.

Investigations reveal that Rajan had called Kalia three weeks before the murder to give him the contract to murder Dey.

Police sources divulged that Kalia was given Rs 2 lakh and ordered to collect the murder weapon from Nainital. The weapon, in police custody, is a US-made 0.32 bore revolver.

If the case stands, then the most important question that remains is of motive. NDTV reported:

The Mumbai Police announced yesterday that the seven accused apprehended for J Dey’s murder were paid Rs. 5 lakh in cash for the hit job through Chhota Rajan- two lakh from a person in Chembur and three from someone in Nalasopara. But now officials from within the force have raised questions about the cops’ lack of knowledge of the source of the money.

While Satish Kalia, who is believed to have been the one who fired at Dey while his accomplices looked on, admitted that he had picked up the money from Diamond Garden in Chembur, a known Rajan stronghold and Nalasopara, he has stated that he was clueless about the identity of the persons who gave him the money.

“Rajan must have asked two of his lackeys from whom he demands extortion money on a regular basis to hand over the amount to Kalia at Chembur and at Nalasopara,” said a senior police official.

“It is rather unfortunate that the crime branch does not know where the money came from. The Mumbai Police has intelligence dossiers on all those who help Rajan financially. Besides, Satish Kalia, one of Rajan’s key shooters, is a known face in Chembur and it should not have been tough to trace the person who gave him the money,” he added.

NDTV’s report also details the large list of crimes each of the seven already has committed, including murders. It would be good if newspapers follow up the circumstances due to which these people were free when they committed this murder.

The home ministry gave a reward to the police team, which is a strong signal that it considers the case closed, although so many questions remain. The Hindu reports:

Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil on Monday announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh for the Mumbai police who made a breakthrough in the MiD Day journalist Jyotirmoy Dey murder case, arresting seven accused persons.

Close links between gangs and the Maharashtra police have emerged from time to time. Clearly the government does not want a continuing investigation where more such links may be exposed.

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  1. […] 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 builder-cum-bookie Vinod Govardhan Asrani was a close […]


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