Dey murder: Arms may have been smuggled from Nepal

Police probing the killing of senior crime reporter J Dey suspect that the weapon and bullets used in the murder might have been smuggled from Nepal by a middle man, who handed them over to one of the gunmen at Nainital.

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2011, 22:47 PM IST

Mumbai: Police probing the killing of
senior crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey suspect that the weapon
and bullets used in the murder might have been smuggled from
Nepal by a middle man, who handed them over to one of the
gunmen at Nainital in Uttarakhand.

"The 0.32 US-made revolver and 20 live rounds along
with five empty cartridges had been seized from the arrested
seven accused and we suspect they were brought from Nepal by a
middle man, who handed them over to the gunman Rohee Joseph
alias Satish Kalya," said a senior Crime Branch official.
On Sunday night, police arrested 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 on June 11.

The 56-year-old Mid-Day reporter was gunned down at
the behest of gangster Chhota Rajan, who paid Rs 5 lakh to the
accused, police have said.

A team of Crime Branch will soon visit Nainital where
members of Rajan and another gangster, Bunty Pandey, who is
currently lodged in Mumbai jail, were active, police said.

Police are not ruling out possibility that Pandey`s
gang members may have assisted Kalya, a Rajan aide, in
procuring the revolver.

Rajan`s former aide D K Rao, questioned by the Crime
Branch after the reporter`s murder, was untraceable after the
case was cracked, they said.

The statement of a guide of Raj Travels, who was with
Dey during his trip to England, would also be recorded. The
guide was expected to arrive in Mumbai in a few days, police
said.

"The guide has seen some people whom Dey had met
during his trip to England," said Joint Police Commissioner
(Crime) Himanshu Roy.
While recording the guide`s statement, he would also
be shown the photographs of suspects, including mob boss
Dawood Ibrahim`s aide Iqbal Mirchi, who stays in Britain,
police sources said.

"We want to know if Dey had met Mirchi," said a police
officer on condition of anonymity.

Dey was on a foreign trip alone for a fortnight
beginning from April 20 during which he had visited England,
Ireland and Switzerland.

"It is unusual for a single person to go on such a
trip and we have reasons to believe that his foreign trip has
relevance to the probe," the official added.

Police said Rajan had spoken to Kalya a number of
times through VOIP because of which it was very difficult to
trace the underworld don`s exact location.

"Dey had received a number of international calls at
least five days before his murder but it is not yet clear as
to from whom he had received these calls," Roy said.

Asked if these international calls were made by Rajan
to Dey, Roy said, "I am not sure about it.

"Of the 3,000 emails and 250 drafts found in the two
personal email accounts of the scribe, 15 to 20 mails appear
to be important."

Roy said they were gathering circumstantial evidence
and looking for reliable witnesses.

PTI