Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai
Mumbai, Jun 18: A caller from Yemen has claimed that Indian Mujahideen (IM) was behind the murder of Mid-Day crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. The anonymous call was made to the police control room here on Saturday June 18 at around 5.30 pm.
According to a senior crime branch official, the caller said that IM had hired gunmen from Kashmir for the job, but the police are yet to ascertain the validity of the claim as IM has no known presence in Kashmir.
Asserting that the call is being taken seriously, the official added that the police are now in possession of CCTV images which will help to nail the culprit, along with call records of J Dey between 1.30 pm when he left home and 2.45 pm, the time he was shot dead.
The crime branch has already questioned 150 people in connection to the case, and is hoping to make a major breakthrough very soon.
Earlier, Mateen Iqbal Hatela who had been detained by the police, was said to have confessed to the crime, but the police claim that he was trying to mislead them.
J Dey was shot dead in broad daylight a week ago. He was a crime journalist who had covered the Mumbai underworld extensively and had even written books on the subject.