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Police probing two leads

Thirteen days after veteran crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead by motorcycle-borne assailants in Powai, the police refused to divulge any information about the motive or the identity of his killers, though Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), claimed investigators had zeroed in on two “potential” leads.

mumbai Updated: Jun 24, 2011 01:23 IST
HT Correspondent

Thirteen days after veteran crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead by motorcycle-borne assailants in Powai, the police refused to divulge any information about the motive or the identity of his killers, though Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), claimed investigators had zeroed in on two “potential” leads.

“It is not fair to say that we have reached a dead end. We have re-visited and re-created many situations. Even the high court was satisfied with the progress of our investigation and granted us two weeks’ time,” Roy said on Thursday. “We have now narrowed down on two potential leads and they will hopefully help us in solving the mystery. We have put all our resources into solving the case and we will crack it.”

Roy, however, refused to divulge details about the two leads saying, “it will hamper the investigation and violate the individuals’ right to privacy.”

Referring to Nihal Tanna, an electronics goods dealer and an alleged friend of the slain scribe, Roy said, “He (Nihal) was arrested by a special team as he was impersonating a policeman. He is being questioned at present.”

Roy said the police were investigating if Tanna had any links to the oil mafia or to Dey's murder. They were also investigating how Tanna, a small-time trader, had managed to acquire a gun licence. He owns a .32 mm revolver.

So far, more than 180 persons had been questioned in connection with Dey’s murder.