Mumbai: In a shocking incident, a senior crime reporter was shot dead by four unidentified persons near his residence in Powai.
Joytirmoy Dey, who worked as a crime reporter with the Mid-Day, was shot dead in broad daylight in front of his residence. Four armed men riding on two motorcycles pumped in at least three bullets into Dey. However, police claim that there are at least eight entry-exit bullet marks on his body.
The gunmen fled after firing five rounds, police said.
Dey was immediately rushed to the nearby Hiranandani Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.
Senior minister Chagan Bhujbal said that he is shocked by the killing of Dey.
“I have known him for years. He was not anybody’s enemy. It has to be ascertained as to why he was shot dead,” he said.
Reacting to the incident former Mumbai Police Commissioner M N Singh said, “Dey’s killing shows that the underworld is regrouping in Mumbai. There had been a lull of two years. Now, they seem to be getting active again.”
Today’s incident as well as some others in recent days, like the attack on Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, show that Mumbai Police will have to pull up its socks and crackdown on them hard, Singh added.
“The way he has been shot dead, it is not the modus operandi of criminals.”
Dey was known as seasoned journalist, someone who had his finger on the pulse of the underworld scene in the bustling metropolis. He had also written two books on mafia gangs.
He was currently reporting on Dawood Ibrahim’s resurgent gang and it is possible that his assassination may be linked to his probe into their movements, reports claim.