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Chhota Rajan ordered J Dey's killing

Last updated on: June 27, 2011 18:24 IST

'Kalya known shooter of Chhota Rajan, worked for him earlier too'

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A fortnight after senior crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead, Mumbai police on Monday cracked the case claiming that underworld don Chhota Rajan was behind the murder, even as they remained tight-lipped about the motive.

"The murder was planned by Rohit Thangappan alias Satish Kalya at the behest of Chhota Rajan. Kalya is a known shooter of Rajan gang and has worked for him earlier too,"

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters.

"While three persons were arrested from Mumbai, three were arrested from Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu and one from Solapur," he said.

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Image: Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy address a press conference
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'Kalya was told that money and weapons would be provided for the job'

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According to police, Kalya had received a call from Chhota Rajan around 20 days before Dey was shot dead.

"Rajan told Kalya he needs him to do a job and that money and weapons would be provided. Kalya then collected Rs 2 lakh from Chembur and the murder weapon along with 25 rounds of cartridges from Nainital," Roy said.

Police, however, did not disclose the motive behind the murder.

The police have recovered the murder weapon. All the seven arrested in the case were produced before a local court which remanded them to police custody till July 4.

Roy further said that Rajan had kept the identity of the target a secret but had given description of the victim and his bike number a week before the killing.

"Rajan had told Kalya, the target would be found either in Parel (where Mid-Day office is located) or in Powai, where Dey stays. On June 9 and 10, Kalya along with his associate Anil Waghmode had formed a team of seven persons, tried to spot Dey in Powai area but failed. On June 11, they spotted him and Kalya, who was riding pillion, fired five rounds at Dey," Roy said.

After the murder, all the seven accused, as per their plan, went to Jogeshwari where they saw the news about the incident on television.

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Image: The crime branch arrested 7 people in connection with J Dey's murder
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'The shooters realised they killed a journalist only when they saw it on TV'

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"Only after seeing news channels, the shooters came to know about the identity of the person they had shot at. When they realised that they had killed a journalist, Kalya called up Rajan who assured them to stay calm. Rajan then asked them to collect Rs 3 lakh more and go out of Mumbai," Roy said.

After that the seven accused travelled to various places like Gujarat, Shirdi, Karnataka, Bijapur, Sangli, Solapur, Bangalore, Madurai and Rameshwaram.

"Crime Branch sleuths picked up Kalya from Rameshwaram. Based on his interrogation, the other accused were picked up," the joint commissioner said.

Expressing grief over the death of the senior journalist, Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik said, "The next step would be to prepare a watertight case for the trial. We assure everyone that the case would be brought to its logical end."

Dey, Editor (Special Investigation) of Mid-Day, was shot dead on June 11 at suburban Powai.


Image: Slain Mumbai reporter J Dey

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