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Senior Journalist Shot Dead in Mumbai

Senior crime journalist

Mumbai: A senior journalist with an English tabloid ”Mid-Day”, who extensively covered underworld and crime for over two decades, was shot dead in broad daylight today by four unidentified bike-borne persons who pumped five bullets on him from behind in suburban Powai.

Jyoti Dey (56), who was working as Editor (Special Investigation), was shot dead by unidentified persons in Powai at 1530 hours, Joint Police Commissioner (Law & Order) Rajnish Seth said.

According to Additional Police Commissioner Vishwas Nagre Patil, four persons on two bikes fired a number of rounds at Dey, who was also riding a bike, from behind this afternoon in Hiranandani area of Powai.

Following this, he was rushed to nearby Hiranandani hospital where he was declared dead, Patil said.

The shooters escaped from the spot after firing five rounds, police said, adding further probe was on.

Expressing shock over thekilling, Maharashtra PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal said the journalist did not ”target” any gang or mafia in particular.

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”.

Mid-Day Editor Sachin Kalbag said the killing of Dey was a tremendous loss to the newspaper. Kalbag sad Dey ws called a “guru” by budding crime reporters for his expertise in investigative reporting.

Kalbag said it was too early to ascertain the motive behind the killing. .

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