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Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Unconfirmed: Jyotirmoy Dey

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 20 December 2011
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June 11, 2011, in Powai, India

Multiple men on motorcycles fired several shots at Dey as he drove past them on his own motorcycle in Powai, a suburb of Mumbai. The journalist died at the scene from five bullet wounds to the head and chest, his colleagues at Midday told CPJ. Dey, special investigations editor for Midday, was known for his hard-hitting coverage of Mumbai's crime world.

Police in Mumbai arrested seven suspects on June 27, according to local and international news reports. Investigators believed reputed crime boss Chhota Rajan ordered the killing, police told reporters at a press conference. The motive for the killing was not immediately clear, police said, although colleagues told reporters they believed Dey had been targeted for his reporting.

Dey had covered crime in Mumbai for 22 years and had written two books, Zero Dial: The Dangerous World of Informers and Khallas.

Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.

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