Mumbai: In the first breakthrough in the Jyotirmoy Dey murder case, the Mumbai Police, Wednesday, arrested three persons who are said to be sharpshooters of the Chhota Shakeel gang and were the ones believed to have carried out the killing of the senior investigative journalist.
Two persons identified as Iqbal Hatela and Mateen were arrested from Mumbai, whereas the third yet unidentified person was nabbed from Pune. The police had established that the weapons used for the attack are the kind usually used by Dawood Ibrahim`s hit men.
State Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who was holding press briefing in the city, refused to confirm the breakthrough but he did indicate some progress in the probe.
Dey, 56, who had extensively covered underworld and crime for over two and a half decades and was working with the English tabloid Mid-Day, was shot dead in a broad daylight, last week, by four unidentified persons on two motor bikes in suburban Powai.
As per reports, D-Company had got the Supari (contract) to eliminate Dey from the ‘oil mafia’, which is very active in Mumbai and other regions of Maharashtra.
Dey is said to have been working on a report that would have exposed the nexus between oil mafia, police and politicians.
Incidentally, police officials had yesterday indicated that they may question former Congressman and oil mafia kingpin Mohammed Ali, currently lodged in Arthur Road Jail, in connection with the case.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Aroop Patnaik would be holding a press conference shortly where he would enlist the details.