Mumbai: City police are likely to apply
stringent provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime
Act (MCOCA) against the seven accused, arrested for allegedly
murdering senior crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Powai.
According to police, MCOCA can be applied, if at least
two members of the organised crime gang have at least two
chargesheets registered against them.
In the chargesheet, besides the arrested seven accused,
underworld don Chhota Rajan`s name would also be included, a
Crime Branch officer said.
Rajan has several criminal cases against him in the city,
whereas the seven accused also have criminal background.
"It is a fit case where MCOCA can be applied against the
accused. I think only paper work is left to apply the
stringent act against them," said the official.
On Sunday night, police arrested Rohee Thangappan Joseph
alias Satish Kalya (34), Abhijeet Shinde (28), Arun Dake (27),
Sachin Gaikwad (27), Anil Waghmode (35), Nilesh Shendge (34)
and Mangesh Agawane (25) in connection with Dey`s murder.
Joint Police Commissioner Himanshu Roy (Crime) said, "We
are examining all possible legal options to see if the MCOCA
can be applied against the accused."
J Dey (56), working with the city-based English tabloid
Mid Day, was shot dead by four motorcycle-borne assailants in
suburban Powai on June 11.
The journalist was eliminated at the behest of Rajan, who
paid Rs 5 lakh to the accused, police said adding that the
motive behind the killing was not yet clear.