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Dey murder: Suspect’s sketch released
Published on 14 Jun. 2011 12:50 AM IST
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The Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday released a sketch of a suspect in the murder case of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. According to the Crime Branch the suspect is 20-25 years old with a medium built and 5.5 feet tall. He is of dark complexion.
Mumbai Crime Branch officials said that the sketch was prepared following the inputs of several eye witnesses. They said that the CCTV camera outside Dey’s house, which could have given vital clues, failed to capture the murder.
Dey, a senior crime reporter and editor of Special Investigations of Mumbai Mid Day was killed, was shot five times on Saturday outside his home, in broad daylight. His killers were reportedly four gunmen on two motorbikes.
Earlier on Monday Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had claimed that the leads in Dey’s murder case point towards the involvement of the oil mafia. Chavan met a delegation of Mumbai journalists and told them that Dey was on the verge of exposing the oil mafia. Rejecting the demand for an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chavan said that the state police should be given a chance to solve the murder case. Chavan also rejected the journalists’ demand for the resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil and Mumbai Police Commissioner.
The delegation conveyed to the Chief Minister that the state government should solve the case within two weeks or a bigger agitation would be launched. Mumbai Police sources also claim to have got leads in the Dey murder case. Mumbai Crime Branch teams have been sent out of Mumbai to act on the leads.
Sources also say a number of people in Mumbai including underworld informants and local criminals are being questioned in the connection with Dey’s murder. Sources add a revolver could have been used to carry out the murder. The police are also examining Dey’s call records, laptop and pen drives - looking at the stories he was investigating. One of Dey’s colleagues told CNN-IBN that he had recently received a death threat and had informally alerted the police.
Mediapersons hold rally to mark protest
Mediapersons in Mumbai today took out a procession to condemn the brutal killing of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey and demanded CBI probe into the incident. The journalists, belonging to both print and electronic media organisations and associations, gathered at Patrakar Sangh in south Mumbai and marched toward Mantralaya.
While assuring the agitating scribes at Mantralaya, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said “The state government is sensitive to feelings of journalists and is doing whatever it can to bring the assailants to book,” adding he was personally monitoring the investigations.
Senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead in suburban Powai on Saturday by unidentified assailants.
The newsmen, while demanding a CBI enquiry into the killing, also sought resignation of Home Minister R R Patil and Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik.
Organisations, including the Press Club, Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Mantralaya Ani Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh, Mumbai Crime Reporters’ Association and TV Journalists’ Association, participated in the protest.
Earlier today, a delegation of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) met the chief minister at his official residence and appealed him to take urgent and appropriate steps to tackle the growing incidents of attacks on mediapersons in the state.

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