J Dey trial: Cops saw bullet marks on slain journalist's body

This was part of the testimony of the first two witnesses a constable and a police inspector in the J Dey murder case; the constable had received the call informing the police about the firing in Powai, and the inspector had gone to the spot

The first two witnesses in the J Dey murder case deposed before the Special MCOCA court yesterday. Dey, who was Editor (Investigations) of mid-day, was shot dead in Powai on June 11, 2011, when he was on his way home on his motorcycle.

The first witness in the case was a constable, who was the first person from the police to be informed about the firing. During his examination by Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakre, the constable told the court that he was attached to the Powai police station from 2008 to 2014.

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“On June 11, 2011, I received a call from a landline number between 3 pm and 3:30 pm saying that firing had taken place at D Mart circle, Hiranandani. Then, the phone got disconnected. I gave the information to the inspector who was in charge of the police station. The inspector and a sub-inspector left for the spot within two-three minutes.”

J Dey. File pic

During cross-examination by Advocate Santosh Deshpande, the constable said that he did not enquire who had called him with the information about the firing. “I did not give the details of the landline from where I had got the call to the investigation officer.”

The second witness was the police inspector, who was attached to the police station from 2009 to 2012. During his examination, he said, “I was the police inspector on June 11, 2011. The constable came to me and told me about the firing at D Mart circle, Hiranandani. After 15 minutes, I reached the spot and saw that a crowd had gathered near the Crisil building.

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We got down and a beat marshal, who had reached before us, informed me that the motorcycle was on the footpath and the helmet was kept on the seat.” He further said, “I came to know that the assailants were four people on two motorcycles and one of the pillion riders had fired. I also came to know that the injured had been taken to Hiranandani Hospital.

I saw one lead (bullet casing) at the spot and asked one of the beat marshals to protect it. Thereafter, I went to Hiranandani Hospital and enquired about the injured. The doctor informed me that the injured person was brought dead. I went near the dead body and asked the ward boy to check his pockets to know the identity of the person.

He had a driving licence which said he is Jyotirmoy Dey. I saw bullet marks on his body as well and came to know he was murdered.” The police inspector also identified the licence, and helmet of J Dey as well as his motorcycle, which was kept outside the court.

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All 10 arrested accused Anil Waghmode, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Satish Kalya, Deepak Sisodia, Paulson Joseph and Jigna Vora — were present before the court. Vinod Asrani, the 11th accused in the case, had died of liver cirrhosis in April.

The next hearing is on August 11, when the cross-examination of the police inspector will take place. The judge has also agreed to the defence’s plea to be given a copy of a CD which contains the CCTV footage and intercept calls (between Chhota Rajan and others), as well as photographs.

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