Four men accused of beating up and stabbing to death journalist Raghavendra Dubey, were arrested by the local crime branch on Saturday. They will be in police custody till July 24.
Dubey, who ran a weekly newspaper in the Mira-Bhayander area, was killed following a tiff between journalists and employees of the White House bar in the area, after a police raid.
One of the accused owns another bar on Mira Road, another is the manager and two others — who hit Dubey fatally — were regular customers of the bar, the police said.
Crime branch sources said the four men were drunk and likely killed Dubey because he would regularly file complaints with the police against bars in the area.
In fact, just hours before he was murdered, Dubey was at the Mira Road police station, arguing with officials, after complaining to them about an attack on two other journalists, Santosh Mishra and Shashi Sharma, who were covering the raid on the White House bar early on Friday.
Mishra and Sharma had reached the bar on hearing about the raid. When they started taking photographs, six bar employees attacked them. Sharma called up Dubey and told him about it, after which Dubey went to the police station.
“Dubey left the police station around 5am, with two others. They took an auto. This is when the four accused started chasing them on two bikes. When Dubey reached the Mira-Bhayander highway, a few metres from the White House bar and a beat chowky, one of them threw chilli powder inside the auto,” said the officer. The auto driver stopped and two people who were with Dubey fled. The accused then allegedly started assaulting Dubey with iron rods and knives.
“Bar owners in the area were angry with a few local journalists. They were just waiting for a chance to attack them,” a police officer said, not wishing to be named.