Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who convened a meeting with home minister RR Patil and a brigade of senior police officials on Sunday, to review the case of the killing of veteran journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, said they expect to have a breakthrough soon.
Dey, a veteran crime journalist and Mid-Day’s Editor (special investigations) was gunned down by four unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants at Powai on Sunday afternoon.
“I have taken stock of the progress of investigations on the case. We have even put in place special police squads and asked them to explore all angles possible. Till now there are no definite clues, but we are expecting some breakthrough soon,” Chavan said after the meeting.
He later in the evening, Home minister RR Patil met the slain journalist’s family at his residence at Ghatkopar.
“I have assured the family that we will nab the culprits soon. We have also offered all the required security for Dey’s family,” said Patil.
Sources in the home department said Patil has put huge pressure on the police department to crack the case.
CCTV fails to help
The CCTV cameras on the stretch where veteran journalist J Dey was shot dead has failed to yield any substantial lead as the cameras were not pointing at the exact spot. “We were expecting to get vital leads from the CCTV footage. However, it turns out that the place where Dey was attacked was a blind spot between two areas covered by the CCTV cameras installed at Spectramind and Crisil house buildings,” said an officer privy to the probe.