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Dey murder: Key suspect held
Published on 4 Jul. 2011 12:23 AM IST
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The Mumbai police on Sunday arrested a key suspect, Vinod Chembur, in connection with senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey murder case, Times Now reported. Chembur is believed to have financed the killing and identified Dey to the shooters. With Chembur, police have till date made a total of arrests in the case.
Chembur is alleged to be a bookie and aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan. "Vinod Asrani alias Vinod Chembur, a bookie who was suspected to have helped the shooters identify Dey, was picked up for questioning and subsequently arrested," said a crime branch official.
The official alleged that Chembur held a meeting with the shooters days before the murder and also handed over money to the killers. Chembur was produced before a local court, which remanded him to police custody till July 7.
The Mumbai crime branch on Saturday had also questioned another Chhota Rajan aide DK Rao in connection with the murder on June 11. While senior police officials remained tight-lipped, sources said they grilled Rao to find out whether he had prior knowledge of Dey's murder or not.
The crime branch feels that Rao, who was picked up on Saturday afternoon, would be able to unravel the real motive behind Dey's murder. But the police do not believe the theory that Dey had passed on sensitive information to Rajan's rival Chhota Shakeel during his 10-day Europe tour in May.
On Friday, a person, claiming to be Rajan, called up a news channel and said he got Dey killed as the scribe had "crossed his limits". Rao, who had killed gangster OP Singh inside the Nashik jail in 2003, is a close confidant of Rajan and was acquitted in two cases a year ago. The police said only one case had been pending against him, that of Singh's murder.
Last Monday, the crime branch arrested seven people, including Rohit Thangappan alias Satish Kalia, who told the police that he was paid Rs 5 lakh by Rajan to bump off Dey. The journalist was gunned down on June 11.
Murder weapon came from Nepal
Uttarakhand Police has begun investigating the Uttarakhand connection in Mid Day reporter Jyotirmoy Dey's murder case. The local police have jumped into action after Mumbai joint commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy disclosed that the weapon used in the murder was brought from Nepal through the Kathgodam route.
The Uttarakhand Police interrogated a suspect in connection with the supply of arms to the Mumbai killers this week. Ganesh Soradi, also known as Danny or Honey Dada was quizzed for four long hours in Pithoragarh.
Pithoragarh's superintendent of Police Nilesh Anand Bharne said, " We are waiting for information from the Mumbai Police. We have sent a photograph of the suspect Ganesh Soradi them and asked them to get it verified by the arrested culprits."
Honey Dada had a connection with underworld don Chota Rajan in the past. The Uttarakhand Police is collecting his call details. He came in contact with Chota Rajan when he was serving in the army.
The Uttarakhand Police is waiting for clues from the Mumbai Police. They have asked the Mumbai cops to visit Pithoragarh for verification and for obtaining more information in connection with the murder.
Honey Dada hosted a press conference in Pithoragarh and pleaded innocence. Honey Dada is also close to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP.
He enjoys mass popularity in his in-laws' village Melatola Kumarali where he lives now.
The villagers launched a massive protest when the police came to the village to take Honey Dada for interrogation. Apparently, he commands godlike image in the village because of his helpful nature and social work. This is the possible reason why none of the political parties are commenting on his connection to J. Dey's murder.

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