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Mumbai scribes to approach PM, Sonia demanding CBI probe into Dey murder

Mumbai , Wed, 15 Jun 2011 ANI

Mumbai, June 15 (ANI): Mumbai journalists today said that they would approach the courts and take the matter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi if the Maharashtra Government does not give in to their demands for a CBI probe into the murder case of Mid-Day crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey.


The journalists have launched a chain hunger strike demanding justice for their slain colleague.


"If at all State (Maharashtra Government) is not ready with our own demands, if they are not ready to satisfy those demands, we will go to the court. We will tell and request the court to please look into the matter," said senior journalist Prashad Kathe.


"And on the next step, we are going to meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on one hand and as well as UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the other hand, because both of these persons in their own capacities can ask the state government to make the law into practice," he added.


They journalists also demanded for issuing an ordinance for the proposed Bill to make attacks on them a non-bailable offence.


"Today we are starting with a chain hunger strike. This chain hunger strike has a reason behind it. Firstly, we just wanted to say that whatever investigation (has been) going on and the track, which is being chosen, we are not very satisfied with that," said Kathe.


"We demand a CBI inquiry in that, number one. Number two, law to prevent attack on journalist is also a necessity of the time. We have requested it to the state government of Maharashtra since last two years, but state is not that too much okay with that," he added.


Meanwhile, advocate V P Patil approached the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI probe into the case.


Patil mentioned the matter before the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More. The matter has been slated for hearing tomorrow.


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 indicated 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


Jyotirmoy Dey was 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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