Mumbai: Maharashtra PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said that crime journalist J Dey, who was killed in Mumbai on Saturday, did not target any gang or oil mafia in particular and was not "blackmailing" anyone.
Asked if the killing could be linked to elements from the underworld or the oil mafia, Bhujbal, a former home minister, said, "Dey was a very honest person. He used to write on underworld. He was not targeting anyone in particular, whether any gang or any (oil) mafia."
"Dey was not blackmailing anyone. He was a very honest person. I never imagined this would happen to him," he said.
"We are very much shocked to hear this tragic news," Bhujbal said. He recalled having attended the book release of 'Zero Dial', written by Dey about informers, three months ago.
"I think police will come to know in some time why he was killed," Bhujbal said.
Home Minister RR Patil also said, "We have taken this issue very seriously, crime team is investigating this incident."