Mumbai, June 27 (ANI): The Mumbai police on Monday claimed that notorious Chhota Rajan gang was behind the killing of Mid-Day crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey.
Giving an account of the murder plot revealed by the interrogation of the prime shooter Satish Kaliya, Mumbai police chief Arup Patnaik said: " Chhota Rajan gang was behind Dey's murder."
"There were seven shooters involved in the operation to eliminate J Dey," he added
Briefing entire operation, Himanshu Roy, Joint CP (Crime Branch) said: "Aprox 20 days before the June 11 (the day Dey was killed) Chhota rajan called Satish Kalia and give a target to eliminate. Rajan gave Kalia description of target (J Dey) and motorcycle. Chhota Rajan paid Rs two lakh and arranged murder weapon," Roy said.oy further said that Chhota Rajan once again contacted Kalia and asked him to receive the money and weapon.
"Kalia collected money from Chembur and went to Kathgodam to receive revolver. The murder weapon was sophisticated US revolver and cartridges were from Czechoslovakia," Roy added.
Roy further said after returning from Kathgodam, Kalia called his close aide Anil Waghmore. Waghmore was also involved in three murders along with Kalia.
Later, duo added other shooters Nilesh alias Babloo, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaekwad and Mangesh, he added.
There were three motorcycles and a Quails were used in the operation. After killing J Dey, Chhota Rajan asked Satish Kalia and his aides to leave the city. olice has received murder weapon, motorcycles and Rs 20, 000 cash from the accused.
However, the motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained.
Dey was shot dead outside a shopping mall in Powai a Mumbai suburb on June 11.
The post-mortem 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)