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Cop under scanner in Dey’s murder case
Mumbai, Jun 14 (IANS):
Published on 15 Jun. 2011 12:03 AM IST
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Under pressure from the government and media organizations, the Mumbai police got cracking in the investigation into journalist Jyotirmoy Dey's murder, transferring an asst. commissioner of Police (ACP) suspected of threatening the scribe, police said on Tuesday.
ACP Anil Mahabole, the officer in charge of the Azad Maidan division of south Mumbai, was abruptly shunted late on Monday to an insignificant post in the local arms constabulary in Naigaon, an officer said. "A few weeks ago, when I was arrested in connection with an Official Secrets Acts case, Mahabole came and threatened me inside the government railway police lock-up room. I have lodged a separate complaint in this regard and the matter is being investigated," Dwivedi, who goes by the alias of 'Akela', told IANS on Tuesday.
Two weeks before Dey was killed, Mahabole had spoken to him, but Dey did not reveal the nature of the conversation, he added. Mumbai police on Monday also released a sketch of one of the four suspected killers who pumped bullets into Dey on Saturday.
Over 500 journalists of various print and electronic media organisations, associations, including Press Club, Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Mumbai Crime Reporters' Association and TV Journalists Association, on Monday took out a protest march to Mantralaya, the state secretariat. The journalists met Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who rejected a CBI probe into Dey's killing.
Now, the journalists plan to launch a protest after June 15, including a relay hunger strike and moving the Bombay high court, seeking directions to the state government to hand over the Dey murder probe to CBI.
Allegations against me absurd: Mahabole
A day after his abrupt transfer, Mahabole who could be questioned in connection with the murder of J Dey, said that he was being falsely implicated in the case and the allegations against him were absurd. “The allegations against me in the case (Dey’s killing) are absurd and wrong. I have nothing to do with the case. I hope the investigating officials would be able to detect the case early and catch the culprits soon to clear the air,” Mahabole told medicpersons on Tuesday. He also denied media reports linking him with the underworld.
“The media is being fed by some people, who are trying to falsely implicate me in Dey’s case,” he said.

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