State home minister RR Patil said an organised crime syndicate was behind the killing of senior journalist J Dey. He called the incident “very serious” and said a lesson would be taught to those involved.
He, however, did not rule out the possibility of personal vendetta in the matter.
“If any crime reporter feels threatened, he can approach us. We will provide police protection. This is the first such incident, and it has shocked all of us,” Patil said.
Patil said Dey had not made any complaint regarding any threat to his life. He said the killers will noy be spared and will be brought to book.
Mumbai’s police commissioner Arup Patnaik said, “Eight entry wounds have been found on J Dey’s body. The body was first taken to Hiranandani Hospital. It will be shifted to JJ Hospital, where a post-mortem will be conducted. Dey met police officers on a regular basis, but never mentioned anything about being threatened. We are yet to record the statement of his family.”