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More on the mafia hit on a journalist

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There 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 builder-cum-bookie Vinod Govardhan Asrani was a close friend of journalist J Dey and had called him and another television reporter to Uma bar for a meeting, which went on till 2 am on June 7. “Kalia and his associates sat close to Dey’s table to properly identify the target. They also noted down his motorcycle number and followed him till his residence in Powai,” said a police officer.

Asrani is reported to have told the police that he had informed Chhota Rajan about Dey leaking information to the rival Chhota Shakeel gang. He told Rajan that Dey wrote negative stories about him. But senior police officials are not buying his statement and suspect there’s more to it than meets the eye.

There are reasons for the police to believe that Dey’s killing was a supari (contract killing). Kalia told interrogators that immediately after he received Rajan’s message he rushed to Mumbai from his native place in Thiruvananthapuram in the third week of April and stayed in his friend’s house in Virar. Kalia also told police that on Rajan’s instruction he visited Kathgodam in the third week of May to get the imported .32-bore revolver.

This is the second time Asrani has been arrested in an underworld related case. In 2006, he was arrested along with Chhota Rajan’s wife Sujata Nikhalje for money laundering. The extortion money collected by the Rajan gang would go to Asrani who would either invest it in property or send it to Rajan via a hawala operator.

The contract killer Rohit Thangappan Joseph, called Satish Kalia, is supposed to be a lynchpin of the Chhota Rajan gang. Yet the police allowed him to show his face to the TV cameras when the arrested shooters were being put on a police van with heads covered. Why? And why do the police now treat him as the key witness who is leading them on to solve the case? Is this misdirection?

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

July 4, 2011 at 2:55 am

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