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Chavan backs Mumbai Police probe into Mid-Day scribe's murder

General News, Tue, 14 Jun 2011 ANI

Mumbai, June 14 (ANI): A day after rejecting a demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the killing of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said the Mumbai Police should be given a fair chance to investigate.


"I am confident Mumbai Police will get to the bottom of the case. Give them time...There is no pointing in jumping the gun...and blaming someone or the other," Chavan told reporters here.


"It is for the police to say that who they think are responsible," he replied, when asked about the suspected involvement of oil mafia in the killing.


Expressing confidence of bringing the guilty to book, Chavan further said: "I had a meeting with senior police officers. They told me that investigations are proceeding. Late night, I got to know that there is more progress. We hope to catch the culprit soon."


Mumbai Police on Monday released a sketch of one of the four killers on the basis of description given by an eyewitness.


The alleged killer is in the 20-25 age group and of medium built, with a height of around five-and-a-half feet. His complexion is black and he was wearing a blue raincoat at the time of the incident, police said.


Jyotirmoy Dey, a crime reporter with Mid-Day, was shot dead by motorcycle-borne killers in broad daylight in Mumbai's central suburb of Powai on Saturday afternoon.


The postmortem report of Dey indicates that he was shot from close range. The report also shows that five bullets hit him, of which, four hit him in the left chest and one was lodged under the right shoulder


He was considered to be arguably India's best-connected writer on the Mumbai underworld. He spent most of his reporting career bringing out accounts of the goings-on in the Mumbai underworld for several newspapers.


He also wrote a book titled "Zero Dial: The Dangerous World of Informers" and "Khallas" - considered a dictionary on the Mumbai underworld. (ANI)


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