Admitting that police was still clueless to crack the Jyotirmoy murder case, Maharashtra home minister RR Patil on Friday stoked a potential controversy saying some criminals are "very smart" and are not leaving any clues.
As Mumbai police groped in dark a week after the killing of Dey, a senior investigating journalist, Patil said the perpetrators were smart enough not to have left any clue for the police to track them down.
"There are some criminals who are very smart. They are not leaving any clues. That is why investigation is becoming a little tough," he said responding to reporters's queries.
Patil's comments came in for sharp criticism from Shiv Sena and CPI-M.
Sena's Sanjay Raut demanded Patil's resignation for making comments which reflected the inability of the police department that comes under his jurisdiction to solve the case.
Senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said Patil's comments spoke "badly" about the police and that it did not inspire confidence in them. "The state home minister should not have spoken like that," he said.
Patil, however, reposed faith in the abilities of Mumbai police and said the investigation in Dey's murder was progressing in the right direction.
"We have full faith in the ability of Mumbai police. These people (police) are on the right track and will surely catch the accused. They should be given sufficient time. We don't want to do anything that will distract or divert their focus," he said.
Dey, Editor (special investigations) with city tabloid MiD Day, was gunned down by four assailants last Saturday.
Though the police had apprehended three persons believed to be members of the gang of Chhota Shakeel, the right hand man of fugutive ganglord Dawood Ibrahim, they were let off apparently after police found no evidence of their complicity in the crime.