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MCOCA to be invoked against Dey murder accused: Police

A day after arresting the seven accused for allegedly murdering senior crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Powai, city police have decided to book them under stringent provisions of the MCOCA against the underworld don Chhota Rajan men.

mumbai Updated: Jun 28, 2011 23:01 IST

A day after arresting the seven accused for allegedly murdering senior crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Powai, city police have decided to book them under stringent provisions of the MCOCA against the underworld don Chhota Rajan men.

The police have also claimed that the accused have told them about the motive for killing of Dey on June 11, but they are verifying the statements given by the culprits before making any comment on it.

Joint police commissioner Himanshu Roy (Crime) said, "We will invoke the MCOCA against the accused."

According to police, the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) can be applied, if at least one member of the organised crime gang has at least two chargesheets registered against him.

In the chargesheet, besides the arrested seven accused, underworld don Chhota Rajan's name would also be included, a Crime Branch officer said.

Rajan has several criminal cases against him in the city, whereas the four of the seven arrested accused also have more than two chargesheets against them, police said.

"It is a fit case where the MCOCA can be applied against the accused. I think only a paper work is left to apply the stringent act against them," said the official.

On the motive of the gruesome killing, Roy said, "Rajan told Kalya about the motive behind Dey's murder after the incident. During the interrogation, Kalya told us about the motive, but we are verifying his claims, as it is a very sensitive case and we do not want say anything on this without cross checking".

Dey (56), working with the city-based English tabloid Mid Day, was shot dead by four motorcycle-borne assailants in suburban Powai on June 11.

The journalist was eliminated at the behest of Rajan, who paid Rs 5 lakh to the accused, police said adding that the motive behind the killing was not yet clear.

On Sunday night, police arrested Rohee Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalya (34), Abhijeet Shinde (28), Arun Dake (27), Sachin Gaikwad (27), Anil Waghmode (35), Nilesh Shendge (34) and Mangesh Agawane (25) in connection with Dey's murder.

Meanwhile, as part of the probe, the Crime Branch has also summoned persons associated with Raj Travels as Dey had been to England after April 20 through this travel agency.

"Dey had also met a man working with Raj travels in England. The details of the man will also be taken," said a police official on condition of anonymity said.

Dey had gone on a foreign trip alone for a fortnight beginning from April 20 this year, during which, he had visited England, Ireland and Switzerland.

Minutes before Dey's killing, the journalist had couriered visa documents and photocopies of his passport to Philippines tourism marketing office, as he planned to visit the country.

"Dey was in touch with Sania Philip and Shilpa Sethi of the tourism office. Their statement would also be recorded," Roy said.

Police are thoroughly verifying the international calls received or made by Dey.

"Since we knew the direction of probe after the arrest of the accused, we will again go through the voluminous emails we got from Dey's mails," Roy said.

Police will also record the statement of people, with whom, the accused had come in contact while they were on a pilgrimage.

"Kalya is a very religious person. He does not drink. It was his plan to take his associates to various pilgrimage locations (in Gujarat, Shirdi, Karnataka, Sangli, Solapur, Bangalore, Madurai and Rameshwaram)," Roy said.

Explaining why Kalya chose six more persons for the operation, Roy said, "They thought there would be a possibility of public catching the shooter. To avoid it, Kalya thought it would be better to have enough number of aides."

The US-made revolver was seized from Waghmare, Roy said adding that the three bikes were recovered from Chembur, Dharavi and Amboli areas.