MANI Dalt39MELLO Mumbai
Jyotirmoy Dey was apparently alt39 done inalt39 by a member of his own crime journalist fraternity.
No wonder, a Mumbai- based crime journalist is likely to be made a witness in the brutal murder case
by the Crime Branch. The decision came about after much deliberation on whether to arrest the journalist for alleged links with gangster Chhota Rajans criminal syndicate.
It is learnt that the journalist will be summoned for quizzing and an elaborate statement will be recorded in support of prosecutions case against the accused arrested in Deys murder, in the next eight days.
The alleged connections of the journalist with Chhota Rajans criminal syndicate were corroborated with the arrest of Paulson Joseph who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the killing. Paulson had acquired 20 international roaming SIM cards from a Chembur- based businessman Ravi Rateshwar which he had distributed to hitman Satish Taggapan alias Satish Kalia and a close aide Vinod Asrani alias Vinod Chembur, and retained a few with him. These SIM cards were used in coordinating Deys killing in June 2011.
A Crime Branch official disclosed that the journalist had been allegedly briefing Chhota Rajan and his close aides over the phone on every adverse news report written by Dey and is even strongly suspected of providing vital details concerning Dey for around 2 months prior to his killing. The journalist is also suspected to have provided Chhota Rajans close aides the details of the number plate of the 2- wheeler which Dey used for travelling in the city.
” The crime journalist was known to all the key aides of Chhota Rajan and was also close to slain gangster Farid Tanasha. Off late the journalist was seen regularly interacting with Chhota Rajans aides outside the courtroom of the city Sessions Court when they were produced for hearings. Arresting the journalist has been deferred and instead the journalist will be made a witness in Deys killing to strengthen the conspiracy angle hatched between Rajan and Paulson and involvement of the other accused in the case,” disclosed a Crime Branch official.
Another crime journalist Sanjay Prabhakar has already been made a witness in the case as he had accompanied Dey to Uma Palace Beer Bar in Mulund, where accused Vinod Asrani alias Vinod Chembur had identified Dey to the killers, days before the brutal murder.