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J Dey case: 2 leads probed for motive

Two days after arresting the seven alleged assassins of senior journalist J Dey, speculation regarding the motive continued.

mumbai Updated: Jun 30, 2011 01:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Two days after arresting the seven alleged assassins of senior journalist J Dey, speculation regarding the motive continued.

Joint commissioner of police, crime, Himanshu Roy claimed the investigation was moving cautiously. “We cannot jump the gun. We have arrested the assassins and their interrogation has begun. We are not taking their revelations at face value. We have to crosscheck and analyse things before arriving at a conclusion,” Roy said.

Roy said apart from the questioning, the police were exploring two leads for a motive — scanning emails found in Dey’s three email IDs and his trip to Europe, especially London, in the last week of April. “We now think 20-25 of the emails out of the 3,000 retrieved from Dey’s email accounts, could be relevant to our investigation (to establish the motive),” Roy said. Also, Dey’s foreign trip could throw up some clues.

Roy said the trip to England was the “last important thing” (professional and non-professional) the journalist had done before his murder. “It was his first trip to a foreign country in recent times where, we believe, he travelled alone. Something important during the trip needs to be investigated,” he said.

Roy said the tour guide in London, who he had already spoken to over the telephone, had disclosed that Dey had met “some people” in London. The tour guide, an NRI living in England, has been summoned by the police. “We will show him photographs and dossiers of some fugitive suspects holed up in London to verify whether Dey had met any one of them,” Roy said.

The police have also launched a hunt for notorious Chhota Rajan aide DK Rao, who has reportedly gone underground following the arrest of the assassins, especially Satish Kalia who happens to be his old friend in crime. Police suspect that Rao, the main mafia manager for the Rajan gang in Mumbai, could be aware of the motive behind the murder.

Man who supplied murder weapon grilled

Dehradun: Ganesh Soradi alias Hunny Dada, suspected of supplying weapons to the sharpshooters who killed senior journalist J Dey in Mumbai on June 11, was interrogated in Meltola in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, on Wednesday.

Hunny Dada is said to be close to underworld don Prakash Pandey, currently in police custody. Police sources said Hunny was grilled for five hours by Special Operations Group, after which he was released. Superintendent of police Neelesh Anand Bharne said facts emerging from his interrogation would be verified.

“Hunny Dada has been instructed not to leave Meltola village till investigations are over,” Bharne said. Sources said Hunny Dada used to work in the Army and still receives a pension. HTC

First Published: Jun 30, 2011 01:47 IST