Forensic experts confirmed that the bullets found on the spot where senior journalist J Dey was shot dead — including the one extricated from his body — matched the US-made .32 bore revolver that the police claim was used by the accused.
According to police sources, the ballistic report they received from the forensic laboratory confirmed that all five bullets were fired from the same weapon.
“It states that the five empty shells and two bullets that were sent to the forensic laboratory were shot from the .32 US-made revolver that was recovered from the accused,” said a police officer on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media. “The report that makes use of ballistic fingerprinting technique also claimed that the bullet which was stuck in Dey’s body was fired from the same weapon.”
On June 11, a total of five rounds were fired at Dey from a close range at Hiranandani area of Powai. “Only one bullet was found from the crime scene, while another was lodged in Dey’s body. Three other bullets could not be found,” said the officer.
“However, when a bullet is fired from a revolver, the empty shells remain in the bullet chamber. That is how we could get all the five shells,” he said.
In pistols and more advanced firearms, empty shells are ejected along with the bullet.
The officer added, “This report will be useful as evidence in the court of law. It will further bolster our case against the accused.”
A few days ago, the police had arrested one Deepak Sisodiya from Nainital. He had allegedly supplied weapons to Arun Dake and Satish Kalya, two of the arrested accused. According to the police, the accused had gone to Dehradun to take delivery of the .32 bore revolver and 25 Czechoslovakia-made rounds that were to be used in the attack.