MiD DAY journo: Killers clueless on who paid the supari

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Jyotirmoy Dey
Mumbai, Jun 28: After the Mumbai police cracked down the culprits in Jyotirmoy Dey murder case and informed that the accused were paid a sum of Rs 5 lakh from Chotta Rajan, two lakh from a person in Chembur and three lakh from a person in Nalasopara, now the officials seem to be in dilemma as it is getting tough to trace the source of the money.

Satish Kalia, the accused who fired bullets at Dey said that he received money from Diamond Garden, Chembur. He further said that he had no idea about the people who paid him money.

"Rajan must have asked two of his lackeys from whom he demands extortion money on a regular basis to hand over the amount to Kalia at Chembur and at Nalasopara," a senior police official said.

"It is rather unfortunate that the crime branch does not know where the money came from. The Mumbai Police has intelligence dossiers on all those who help Rajan financially. Besides, Satish Kalia, one of Rajan's key shooters, is a known face in Chembur and it should not have been tough to trace the person who gave him the money," he said.

Rajan has been famous for operating from Chembur. In Dec 2005, Rajan's wife Sujata Nikhalje and four members from his gang were arrested for running a real estate firm which they actually used for gouging money from builders. The files recovered from Sujata Nikhalje's personal accountant Bharat Tulani had exposed his history of gouging money from builders.

Satish Kalia admitted that he received a call from Rajan 20 days before Dey was murdered. He was given Dey's physical description and was told to take Rs 2 lakh from Diamond Garden, Chembur.

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