Mumbai: Claiming further leads in the murder of crime journalist J Dey, Mumbai police on Tuesday said that the notorious underworld don and Dawood Ibrahim’s friend-turned-foe, Chhota Rajan is behind the killing.
Talking to media persons, Mumbai Deputy Commissioner of Police said, “An underworld gang was threatened by Dey’s reporting and planned to kill him.”
He further said, “Underworld don Chhota Rajan is charged with Dey’s murder under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and will appear as a co-accused.”
It should be noted that the Maharashtra police had earlier invoked MCOCA on all the eight arrested in the murder case of Jyotirmoy Dey.
According to police, MCOCA provisions can be applied, if at least two members of an organised crime gang have at least two chargesheets registered against them.
The investigative journalist was shot dead in broad daylight at Powai June 11. Dey was editor (special investigations) of Mumbai tabloid Mid Day and specialised in reporting on the underworld.
Among the eight arrested most prominent is the aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan - Vinod Asrani alias Vinod Chembur. Other seven are Rohee Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalya (34) and his associates Abhijeet Shinde (28), Arun Dake (27), Sachin Gaikwad (27), Anil Waghmode (35), Nilesh Shendge (34) and Mangesh Agawane (25).
Known for his deep knowledge of the city’s underworld and extensive network of informers, Dey had led a team of crime and investigative reporters and had authored books on different gangs, involved in carrying out organised crime in the city.