Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Nov 30, 2011, 05:02 AM IST
Mumbai: Notorious underworld don and Dawood Ibrahim’s friend-turned-foe Chhota Rajan, who recently took responsibility for senior investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey's murder, has now put the blame on crime journalist Jigna Jitendra Vora, calling her the "conspirator".
Vora, deputy bureau chief of English daily The Asian Age, was arrested on November 25. Besides IPC, the 37-year-old has been booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for her alleged role in the murder. Vora is suspected to have provided information about Dey to the overseas-based Rajan.
"He has made Jigna a villain by accusing her to have instigated him to kill Dey, which is not true. Rajan is not a child... There was definitely something brewing between Dey and Rajan, and Vora perhaps was lured by the don who assured her of a video interview," said a source.
"Nana ko doosro par bill phadne ke aadat hai (Rajan, popularly known as Nana, has a habit of putting blame on others). In past, he has similarly double crossed a lot of his associates. After Rajan found the Crime Branch had acquired substantial proof of his involvement, he tactfully put the blame on Jigna and claimed innocence. Nana often spoke to Dey more like a friend and was aware about his whereabouts too", added Rajan's former aide, who feels the theory of Jigna providing bike registration number and Dey's travel schedules would not at all matter.
"Nana had developed differences with Dey after the scribe influenced the slain gangster Farid Tanasha to talk to Rajan's opponent Chhota Shakeel. Apart from this Dey is believed to have had his hands over some legal documents which the scribe was to make public for the same he also had a meeting with Vinod Chembur at a northern Mumbai bar," the source said.
A police source added, "They have enough evidence to back their claims that Jigna, the 11th accused to be arrested and remanded in police custody till December 1, had shared vital information about Dey with Rajan. That is why we had to arrest her." "May be since 2009, Vora had come in contact with Rajan through the gangster's aide Farid Tanasha, who was murdered last year," police said.
Looks the don has cunningly killed two pigeons with one stone.
Earlier, Jigna invited the suspicion of investigators when she claimed of never speaking to Rajan on phone, an assertion not backed by facts. "This was one of the contradictions she had made during questioning that led investigators to doubt her claims. There were numerous calls between her and Rajan," police said.
Dey, working with English tabloid Mid-Day, was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11 by assailants who followed him on motorcycles. The murder was allegedly executed at the behest of Rajan.