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Journalists hold rally to protest Dey's killing, demand CBI inquiry

June 13, 2011 16:17 IST

Journalists in Mumbai on Monday took out a procession to condemn the brutal killing of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the incident.

Journalists from both print and electronic media organisations and associations gathered at Patrakar Sangh in south Mumbai and marched toward Mantralaya.

Assuring the agitating scribes of taking action, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, "The state government is sensitive to the feelings of journalists and is doing whatever it can to bring the assailants to book." He said he was personally monitoring the investigations.

Senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead in suburban Powai in Mumbai on Saturday by unidentified assailants.

The newsmen, while demanding a CBI enquiry into the killing, also sought the resignation of Home Minister R R Patil and Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik.

Organisations, including the Press Club, Mumbai, Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Mantralaya Ani Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh, Mumbai Crime Reporters' Association and TV Journalists' Association, participated in the protest.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee met the chief minister at his official residence and appealed him to take urgent and appropriate steps to tackle the growing incidents of attacks on mediapersons in the state.

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