Scribe’s murder: Police probing oil mafia hand

CM Prithviraj Chavan said there was no solid evidence yet to crack the case.

Mumbai: Mumbai Police was on Sunday probing if
the oil mafia had any hand in the killing of senior
investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey even as Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan said there was no "solid evidence" yet to
crack the case.

Chavan held an emergency meeting at his residence and
took stock of the investigations during which he directed
Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik to quickly arrest the
culprits involved in yesterday`s incident.

A senior police officer said on the condition of
anonymity that "we are probing the incident from all angles.
But our line of investigation is going towards checking the
possible involvement of people associated with the oil mafia.
The journalist had extensively written a number of news
reports on the oil mafia, which may have triggered them to
eliminate him.
"We have a reason to believe that the killers must
have been hired from outside Mumbai or maybe from outside
Maharashtra," the officer said, adding four teams have been
formed by the Crime Branch to probe the matter on a priority
basis. Four motorbike-borne men gunned down Dey (56), Editor
(Special Investigation) with an English eveninger `Mid-Day`
in suburban Powai.

Chavan later talking to reporters termed Dey`s murder
as a "heinous crime" and said the government was confident of
getting leads in the case soon.

"I took stock of investigations so far in the murder
case. Till now we have not got strong evidence. The Home
ministry and the police department are carrying out
investigation. We are expecting to get leads soon," he said.
"This is a very serious and heinous crime and we will
get to the bottom of it," he added.

Dey`s last rites were performed at suburban Ghatkopar.
Print and electronic media personnel were present in large

A report of the post-mortem report conducted by
government-run J J Hospital says that five bullets were fired
at Dey. While four bullets pierced through his body, one
bullet had got stuck in his right chest, a police officer

"Three bullets hit his left arm and one his left part
of the chest. One bullet had got stuck in his right part of
the chest," said the officer.

State Home Minister R R Patil, Police Commissioner
Arup Patnaik, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu
Roy, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and order) Rajnish
Seth and several senior government officers were present at
the meeting called by the Chief Minister.

Talking to the reporters after the meeting, Home
Minister R R Patil said that necessary measures would be taken
by the government to protect the journalists.

He also said that special police teams have been
constituted to arrest the culprits in the present case.

Adequate security will be provided to Dey`s family
members, official sources said.


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