Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Monday claimed to have cracked Mid-Day journalist Jyotirmoy Dey's murder. They have arrested seven people who allegedly carried out the attack.
Gangster Chota Rajan, the police claim, ordered the killing. But, the Mumbai Police didn't reveal the motive for the hit.
"We can't get J Dey back, but this case, that presented such a challenge, has now been cracked," said Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik.
"This was a very professional job, they had motorcycles, Qualis to have a good escape route," said Joint CP (Crime) of Mumbai Police Himanshu Roy.
According to the Mumbai Police's version - after conducting two recces outside Dey's workplace and at Powai where he lived, Rajan henchman and main shooter Rohit Thangappan alias Satish Kalia shot Dey with a sophisticated, foreign made .32 bore revolver.
All in all Kalia and his six accomplices received Rs 5 lakh.
While Dey's description and his motorcycle number were provided, Dey's identity was kept hidden from the shooters.
But when the shooters realised it was a journalist they had killed, the shooters fled - on the orders of Rajan - to several places across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
It was at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu that the first arrests were made, which led to the others. Three shooters have been arrested from Rameshwaram, three from Mumbai and one from Solapur.
All seven will be charged under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and have been remanded to police custody till July 4 for further interrogation.
Though the police said it has cracked the high profile case and have gathered a body of evidence, the biggest question is - what is the motive behind this killing? What is the reason for Chhota Rajan to order the killing of this senior journalist in broad daylight?