The police probe into the murder of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey is throwing up the possibility of the killing being a ‘combined effort’, indicating that more than one vested interest could be involved.
On Tuesday, police commissioner Arup Patnaik said the murder appeared to be linked to Dey’s reports. “The...probe is ruling out any personal reason as the motive. It is pointing to professional reasons.”
Dey, a senior crime reporter, was shot dead by four unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants on Saturday in Powai. Highly placed sources in the Mumbai police said it is now suspected that a group had come together to plan and execute the murder. By the ‘group’ the police mean, not the actual shooters, but the behind-the-scenes players directly affected by Dey’s writings. However, senior police officials refused to comment on this saying, “Several new angles have now emerged during investigation. This could be one of them.”
Sources said the crime branch made an application in the designated Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court, on Tuesday, to question notorious oil mafia don Mohammad Ali in connection with Dey’s murder. Ali is in judicial custody in connection with the murder of rival mafia don Chand Madar.
A senior crime branch officer said the police were now trying to recreate Dey’s movement on the day of the murder, between 1.31pm when he left his mother’s house in Ghatkopar and 2.45pm when he was shot at Hiranandani, Powai."There are some unexplained gaps in his movement from Ghatkopar to Powai which is a distance of roughly 3.5 km. It would not have taken him more than 10-15 minutes at the courier counter… and a maximum of 30 minutes to drive from Ghatkopar to Powai. We are unable to figure out where and how he spent the balance half-an-hour or so."
The officer also claimed that the police had found some “new witnesses” following analysis of fresh footage obtained from the CCTV cameras in the locality.
Patnaik claimed the police had obtained some “definite leads” and “we are heading for a breakthrough”.