J Dey Murder Case
J Dey Murder Case

J Dey, was an Indian journalist, crime and investigations editor for MiD DAY(a tabloid newspaper published in several cities in India) and an expert on the Mumbai underworld. From 1996 to 2004, Dey was a consistent byline on the pages of The Indian Express, also writing a weekly column on the workings of the underworld, titled “Notes From The Underworld”, in which he wrote about dons and their molls, the well-known gangsters as well as the lesser-known goons.

He was shot dead by motorcycle-borne sharpshooters on 11 June 2011.

J Dey was going back home from Ghatkopar after meeting his mother Bina Dey on his motorcycle on 11 June 2011 around 3PM, he was shot dead by four unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen in Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai. He was taken to Powai Hospital but they did not have the facilities so he was rushed to Hiranandani hospital later. He was reported dead on arrival, with nine exit wounds on his body, at the Hiranandani hospital.

The oil mafia, which pilfers oil being transported and also dilutes it before sale, has been under pressure since the killing of Yashwant Sonawane in January 2011. The police believe the murder was a professional job, and may be related to his reporting on the oil mafia. In the last few months, J Dey had targeted the alleged oil mafia operating in Maharashtra, off the coast of Mumbai. Following a series of reports he had most recently written about an alleged Rs 10,000-crore scam involving pilfered oil from neighbouring states, mainly Gujarat and MP, which is allegedly smuggled into Mumbai through the state’s porous coastal belt. He had also recently reported that Chhota Rajan was the mastermind behind a murder attempt on don Dawood's brother, Iqbal Kaskar, in Mumbai. Dey had also written about the possible conspiracy behind the attack.

The murder was widely denounced by the press and the local government.

Police arrested seven men on June 27, 2011 accusing them of the murder of J dey. In a press conference the police announced that the hit was ordered by Chotta Rajan and carried out by a team of seven shooters, led by one R Joseph alias Satish Kalia.

The investigation of the Dey's murdered was handed over to the Crime Branch Department of Mumbai Police. Media persons from across different sections demanded that the investigations should be handed over to the CBI. Several media persons met the state's chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan, to put forth their demand of handing over the case to the CBI. The chief minister remained adamant that the integrity of Mumbai Police should not be underestimated and the police should be given time to crack the case.

On 27 June 2011, after sixteen days of investigations, the Crime Branch declared they have cracked the case. Police officials caught seven people from different locations of India. Of which three were detained from Chembur, in Mumbai; one in Solapur; and remaining two from Rameshwaram, in Tamil Nadu. All the suspects reside in different parts of Mumbai and had fled in order to evade arrest. All the seven suspects Satish Kalia, Arun Dake, Anil Waghmode, Bablu, Sachin Gaikwad, Mangesh and Chotu are history-sheeters. The suspects were allegedly from Chhota Rajan gang. Additional Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy, who was supervising the case, said in a press conference that Chhota Rajan approached Satish Kalia who in turn organised the team to carry the shootout. Satish Kalia was the man who shot J Dey, said the police. The commissioner also added the shootout was carried out on the behest of Chhota Rajan, and the shooters were allegedly kept in dark about the profession of Jyotirmoy Dey.