Biography of Jyotirmoy Dey, Mid Day crime reporter shot dead in Mumbai

Noted Mid Day crime reporter of Mumbai Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead in Mumbai on 11th June. Learn more about dead Mumbai crime reporter J Dey biography, career as a journalist and more.

Yet another onslaught attempted to hush the democratic voice of the journalist as the noted crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead in Mumbai in the Hiranandani Gardens at the Powai region by four motorbike borne gunmen, so far unidentified, on Saturday afternoon, 11th June, 2011. Mr. Dey was the Head of the Crime Bureau at Mid-Day and in over a prolonged period of 22 years, this veteran crime reporter has been tirelessly unveiling the manifold masks of the Mumbai underworld and producing investigative crime reports one after another. So it was quite natural that some individual criminal or gang would have developed an enmity with him, which resulted in his untimely death, as the age of Jyotirmoy Dey Mumbai reporter was only 50 years. The police has started investigation about the murderers but are yet to identify them. However the hope is that the Home Ministry has promised a quick and effective investigation as the Home Minister Mr. R. R. Patil has remarked -

The crime branch will inquire into the matter and I hope we can nab the killers in the next two or three days ... We will know about the motive ... after preliminary investigations

The police department has also been instructed by Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, to ensure complete police protection for the family of reporter Jyotirmoy Dey. The journalism world of Mumbai, nay of the entire country, has bitterly condemned this incident, and many celebrities from different fields including Mr. Amitabh Bacchan has joined hands with them, expressing this as a shocking, unexpected and unacceptable incident. The Patrakar Halla Virodhi Samiti (Committee against Attacks on the Journalists) are working to get a bill passed that will consider attackers on the media as non-bailable offenders.

Biography of Jyotirmoy Dey dead Mumbai reporter

Jyotirmoy Dey dead Mumbai reporter biography Jyotirmoy Dey was a Bengali Hindu by birth who had pursued a career in journalism in Mumbai. While working with Mid-Day the journalism career of Jyotirmoy Dey rose to a great height very quickly as he proved himself to be quite successful with crime reporting. Later he excelled in this field of journalism and became the Head of the Crime Bereau of the MiD-Day newspaper of Mumbai. He has been serving in this position for 22 years and the career profile of reporter Jyotirmoy Dey was simply outstanding.

The father of Jyotirmoy Dey passed away before his death but his mother, Beena Dey, is still alive; and she wailed inconsolably at the untimely death of her son. The sister of Jyotirmoy Dey, Leela, was turned a stone in grief as she was caressing the forehead of her dead brother. The wife of Jyotirmoy Dey, Shubha, was sitting silently in the corner of the room as the celebrities and political leaders, such as the Maharashtra PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, were coming to pay their last homage to Mr. Dey. The fellow journalists also came in numbers to see their very dear "Gentle Giant", as he was musingly called in his office, for the last time.

The penultimate hours of Jyotirmoy Dey, as has been reported by his family members, were quite normal. The senior journalist did not get a threat or anything like that and there was absolutely no suspicion in anyone's mind that the Saturday was going to be the last day of Mr. Dey's life. His mother said that he promised to return home in just half an hour and also had plans to visit the Big Bazaar to do family shopping.

Amidst great honour and tears, with a legacy to leave behind and a glory never to be dimmed, the cremation of Jyotirmoy Dey was done in Mumbai. Nevertheless, the death of Mumbai crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey is, and will continue to be, a great loss to the world of journalism in Mumbai and across the nation.

Reactions of Mumbai at Jyotirmoy Dey's death

Nevertheless, as Jyotirmoy Dey was quite a well known figure in Mumbai, not only in the field of media and journalism but even among the common people, the incidence of his death has created a stir in the city. It has once again brought forward some important questions that the Mumbai people deserve to ask. Is the police administration of the city as well as the crime management department skilled enough to stop these kinds of violences under the open sky? The incident took place around at 3 pm, in the broad daylight, and that too in one of the plush localities of Mumbai. Are the lives of the common people of Mumbai safe enough under the prowess of the Mumbai underbelly?

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Author: Sibtain15 Jun 2011 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

Hi Kumar,

Today Mumabi Police has claimed that they have solved the murder case of J Dey and has nabbed the culprits Iqbal Hatela and Mateen, Members of Chhota Shakeel Gang.

Dey was going to carry a story on Sandalwood smuggling by a dubai based business man Kasim and his associates.

The source or informer who brought the story to Dey informed Kasim and his companions in the business that Dey was likely to carry a story and started bargaining with them.

A middleman of Kasim then offered the informer Rs 10 lakhs.

Dey refused to accept the money which irked Kasim.

When Dey told him that he was going ahead with the story, Kasim threatened him. It was at that point that Kasim ordered his killing.

A Salute to Mr. Jyotirmoy Dey who laid his life for his profession and for his duties as a responsible journalist.

"May his soul rest in peace"

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