The killing of senior journalist J Dey on Saturday evoked strong reactions from political parties, with the opposition targeting home minister RR Patil and saying the law and order situation was deteriorating under his leadership.
“Dey was the best in investigative journalism. He was an honest journalist and never blackmailed anyone. He was not targeting anyone – any gang or any (oil) mafia. I never imagined this would happen,” said Chaggan Bhujbal, public works department minister. Bhujbal recalled having attended, three months ago, the function at which Dey’s book Zero Dial, about police informers, was released. “Police will come to know in some time why he was killed,” Bhujbal said.
The BJP reacted strongly. “The murder is shocking. Mumbai has lost a brave journalist. I condemn the dastardly crime. This incident has shown the deterioration of law and order in Maharashtra,” said Nitin Gadkari, party president.
The Shiv Sena blamed the government for allegedly supporting the underworld. “The underworld had stronger control over Mumbai years ago, but such an incident did not occur earlier. This means the government is supporting the underworld,” said Sanjay Raut, Sena spokesperson.
“It is high time some action against the underworld is taken. Mere words will not work now. The CM and home minister should immediately resign and the police commissioner should also be changed,” Raut added.
Home minister RR Patil said, “It is unfortunate and shocking that a journalist is shot in this manner. I have spoken to the Joint CP, Crime, and the crime branch is investigating the matter. The people involved will be caught.”