Mumbai: Sachin Kalbaug, Executive Editor of Mid-Day, expressed shock and dismay over the killing of their senior crime journalist Joytirmoy Dey.
Talking to a news channel, Kalbaug said, “We are in a state of shock. A shock wave has gone through the entire newsroom.”
J Dey was killed by four armed gunmen in front of his residential building in Powai, Saturday evening.
Denying any possible knowledge about the killers, Kalbaug said, “We are getting details from the Police, but nothing is confirmed yet. Police have started the investigation and I am sure the details will emerge soon.”
He added, “The incident happened at around 4 pm, but it will be too premature to comment on the reason for his killing.”
“He has been doing a lot of crime stories and that could be the reason. He covered the underworld, corruption in bureaucracy and police. It could be anything. Nothing is certain yet,” he added.
“He was a very senior journalist and had two and a half decades of experience covering the crime scene. He had even written a book on the underworld.”
Asked if Dey had hinted at any threat that he may have been receiving, the Mid-Day Executive Editor responded in the negative. “I am not aware of him getting any threats from anybody. He never indicated anything.”
Kalbaug said he last met Dey at the news meeting on Friday evening. “We talked to each other 3-4 times daily, but we didn’t talk today as it was his weekly off. I didn’t want to bother him on his holiday. And then suddenly this news came.”
“We spoke to each other last evening and everything seemed normal. This incident is so shocking and unfortunate”.
“This is not just the killing of a journalist, it is an attack on the entire media fraternity,” Kalbaug added emphatically.
Fondly remembering Dey as a ‘gentle giant’ for his 6 feet 3 inches frame, Kalbaug said, “He was a very gentle human being and was very courteous towards his colleagues, whether senior or junior. He was a very soft spoken man.”