Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday held a meeting with senior police officials and their boss, home minister RR Patil, to review the case of the murder of senior journalist J Dey, and said he expects a breakthrough soon.
Dey, a veteran crime journalist who worked with MiD DAY, was gunned down by four unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants at Powai on Sunday afternoon.
“I have taken stock of the progress made in investigation. We have put in place special police squads, which are looking into the case. We have asked them to explore all the angles possible. Till now there are no definite clues, but we are expecting some breakthrough soon,” Chavan told the media after the meeting at Varsha, his residence in south Mumbai.
Home minister RR Patil, who met Dey’s family in Ghatkopar later on, said: “I have assured the family that we will nab the culprits soon, no matter who they are. We have also offered all the required security for Dey’s family,” Patil said.
In case of threats to any other journalists, the government will provide security to them, the minister said.
Sources in the home department said Patil is pushing the police department to solve the case and arrest the criminals, if possible before Monday afternoon.
The reason behind this is that journalists from across the city have organised a huge protest rally on Monday, demanding that the government take accountability for the incident.
The rally begins at 12 noon from Press Club at Azad Maidan and ends at Mantralaya, where they will voice their views to the chief minister.
A delegation led by Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Manikrao Thakare also plans to meet the CM on Monday to express the party’s concerns on attacks on members of the media.
“We will also demand that the state take urgent measures to tackle the issue,” said MPCC spokesperson Sanjay Dutt.