The Mumbai Police on Monday revealed that senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey’s killers had chased him after waiting for about three minutes before firing at him on Saturday.
The police disclosure came after they examined a CCTV footage in which the motorcycle-borne assailants can be seen. According to them, the chase hardly ended 45 seconds.
The police said the action caught on the camera clearly proved that Dey’s killers had planned the attack down to the last minute. Unfortunately, the footage does not clearly show the assailants’ faces or the registration numbers of the vehicles used in the crime.
The police, however, claimed to have found more witnesses to the daylight murder.
Earlier, as part of their investigation, the police seized a laptop, a hard disk and some important documents from Dey’s residence in Ghatkopar area on Sunday.
Preliminary investigations by the Mumbai Police’s crime branch have also revealed that the assailants might have been hired from outside the city. Probes also suggested that Dey’s recent articles on the oil mafia might be the immediate trigger for his murder.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil met the family members of the slain journalist at his residence on Sunday. He assured that the government would make all efforts to nab the culprits.
“A special investigation team has been formed, senior officers assigned. We hope to crack the case soon,” Patil said, adding, “two-three angles are being investigated. The police should be given some time to investigate.”