Mumbai: Four days before his murder, crime
reporter Jyotirmoy Dey was shown to the killers by the
arrested alleged bookie, during a meeting at a bar and
restaurant in suburban Mulund, also attended by three more
persons, including a senior journalist with a news channel,
police said on Monday.
The senior journalist with the Hindi news channel, who
was not aware of the plot by the underworld don Chhota Rajan,
would be made "prime witness" in the Dey murder case, police
Vinod Asrani alias Vinod Chembur, an alleged bookie who
was suspected to have had a key role in Dey`s murder, was
arrested yesterday. Asrani was remanded to police custody till
Asrani had called the Hindi channel journalist and Dey
to a bar and restaurant in Mulund. On June 7, the news channel
journalist drove his car to a location in Powai, where Dey was
waiting. From there, the two had gone to the bar, where they
met Ansari after 10 pm in the bar," JPC (Crime) Himanshu Roy
"Two more persons were also present in the meeting, apart
from Dey, the news channel journalist and Asrani," Roy said,
refusing to divulge their identities. The statements of these
two unidentified persons would be recorded soon, he added.
As the news channel journalist and Dey had reached the
bar, Asrani had hinted at the target (Dey) to Arun Dake (27)
and Sachin Gaikwad (27)--two of the eight arrested accused.