Jyotirmoy Dey

Jyotirmoy Dey (Bengali: জ্যোতির্ময় দে; 1955 – 11 June 2011), also known as Jyotendra Dey, Commander J, and J Dey, was an Indian journalist, crime and investigations editor for Mid Day (a tabloid newspaper published in several cities in India) and an expert on the Mumbai underworld. He was shot to death by motorcycle-borne sharpshooters on 11 June 2011.

Jyotirmoy Dey
জ্যোতির্ময় দে
Jyotirmoy Dey

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died11 June 2011 (aged 56)
Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other namesJyotendra Dey, J Dey, Commander J


Dey started his career with Hindustan Times. A wildlife enthusiast, he first started writing on forest encroachment and the man-animal conflict in Borivali National Park. A story about government departments taking away land in the reserved national park created a furore in the state legislature.

He started his journalistic career as a freelancer with Afternoon Despatch and Courier writing about crime in the wildlife areas. He also dabbled in photojournalism. He then started free lancing for Mid Day before joining them full-time. He joined Indian Express in 1996 and soon switched to covering crime stories, especially on Mumbai underworld. In 2005, he joined Hindustan Times. He later re-joined MiD Day as crime and investigations editor.

Dey had authored two books on underworld activities, Zero Dial: The Dangerous World of Informers and Khallas. He has done many reports on underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan.

Personal lifeEdit

He is survived by his wife Shubha Sharma, also a journalist, and his mother Bina Dey.


J Dey was returning to his home on his motorcycle from Ghatkopar after meeting his mother Bina Dey on 11 June 2011. Around 3 PM of the same day, four unidentified men on motorcycles opened fire on him at Hiranandani Gardens, Powai,[1] Mumbai. He was taken to Powai Hospital, but they did not have the proper facilities to attend to him. Dey was later rushed to Hiranandani hospital. He was reported dead on arrival at the Hiranandani hospital, with nine exit wounds on his body.

Mumbai Police speculated the murder was a professional job, and may be related to his reporting on the oil mafia.[2] The oil mafia, which pilfers oil being transported and also dilutes it before sale, has been under pressure since the killing of Yashwant Sonawane in January 2011.[3] Dey had also recently reported that Chhota Rajan was the mastermind behind a recent shooting involving Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar in Mumbai.

The murder was widely denounced by the press and the local government. [4]

Police investigationEdit

The investigation of J Dey's murder was handed over to the Crime Branch Department of Mumbai Police. Media persons from across different sections demanded that the investigations should be handed over to the CBI. Several media persons met the state's chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan, to put forth their demand of handing over the case to the CBI. The chief minister remained adamant that the integrity of Mumbai Police should not be underestimated and the police should be given time to crack the case.

On 27 June 2011, after sixteen days of investigations, the Crime Branch declared they have cracked the case. Police officials caught seven people from different locations of India. Of which three were detained from Chembur, in Mumbai; one in Solapur; and remaining two from Rameshwaram, in Tamil Nadu.[5] All the suspects reside in different parts of Mumbai except Satish Kalia, who settled down in Trivandrum after the birth of his daughter and cases against him were cleared. After the shootout they fled to evade arrest. All the seven suspects Rohit Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalia, Arun Dake, Anil Waghmode, Bablu, Sachin Gaikwad, Mangesh Agawane and Chotu are history-sheeters. The suspects were allegedly from Chhota Rajan gang. Additional Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy, who was supervising the case said in a press conference that Chhota Rajan approached Satish Kalia who in turn organised the team to carry the shootout. Satish Kalia was the man who shot J Dey, said the police. The commissioner also added the shootout was carried out on the behest of Chhota Rajan, and the shooters were allegedly kept in dark about the profession of Jyotirmoy Dey.[6]

On 21 February 2012, Mumbai Crime Branch chargesheeted journalist Jigna Vora (Deputy Chief of Bureau of Asian Age) under stringent provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and various other penal offences for her alleged role in the sensational murder. Besides the stringent provisions of MCOCA and the Arms Act she has also been charged under various sections of IPC including criminal conspiracy, murder and destruction of evidence. Jigna Vora had been under the Mumbai police's radar since 4 July 2011 after the police intercepted a conversation between Manoj, brother of Vinod Asrani, who has also been arrested and the gangster Chhota Rajan. The police alleged that Vora had supplied address and licence plate number of Dey's motorcycle to Chhota Rajan. Police claimed Vora's professional rivalry was the reason for Dey's murder.[7][8] On 27 July 2012, Jigna Vora was granted bail by a special court reasoning that she has a child to look after and is a single parent and that she had no previous criminal record.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Senior crime journalist shot dead in Mumbai". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 11 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Oil mafia killed J Dey, suspect cops". The Times of India. 13 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Crime branch arrests four more oil mafia kingpins". The Times of India. 4 February 2011.
  4. ^ BBC News Jun 13,2011 "underlines the increasing threat investigative journalists are being subjected to by powerful political and business interests indulging in illegal acts", the Mumbai Press Club said in a statement.
  5. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/j-dey-murder-case-cracked-mumbai-police/1/142827.html
  6. ^ http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=247655
  7. ^ "Dey Murder: Journalist Jigna Vora Charge Sheeted". Outlook India. 21 February 2012. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Jigna Vora aware of plot to kill J Dey: Mumbai Police". The Times of India. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Journalist Jigna Vora gets bail in J Dey murder case". The Times of India. 27 July 2012.