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DIG: J Dey hitmen was not held at Ramnad

ibncnnJun 28, 2011

RAMANATHAPURAM/MADURAI: Hours after the Mumbai police claimed that three sharpshooters involved in the recent murder of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Mumbai were arrested in Ramnad, a top police officer in Ramanathapuram described it as bunkum.

When contacted by Express, Deputy Inspector General of Police Sandeep Mittal said nobody was arrested in connection with the case from any part of Ramanathapuram district, including Rameswaram.
He, however, agreed that a special police team from Mumbai had indeed visited the district.

His version did not square off with that of another top police official, this one based in Madurai.

He asserted that a Maharashtra police team had come to Rameswaram and picked up three persons for interrogation.

According to sources, the three hitmen first reached Bangalore from Mumbai in a car and offered prayers at a shrine. They then drove further South in a Qualis and visited various other temples, including Meenakshi Amman temple at Madurai and Lord Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram.

The Mumbai special team tracked them through cellphone towers and sought the assistance of the district police when the Qualis entered Ramnad district.

The car was said to be intercepted at Pamban area by the Mumbai special team when the trio was returning after offering prayers at Rameswaram temple. The local police and State intelligence personnel were completely kept out off the loop about the detention.

J Dey was shot dead by four unidentified motorcycle borne assailants in Powai, Mumbai on June 11.

For their part, the Mumbai police identified the trio as Rohit Thangappan alias Satish Kalya (the man who gunned down J Dey), Waghmode and Shinde. They were picked up from Rameswaram on Saturday and placed under arrest on Sunday in Mumbai, the police said.

Shri Sandeep Mittal, an IPS Officer of 1995 Batch, completed B. Sc. (Honours) Geology with University Gold Medal and M.Sc. Applied Geology with University Gold Medal, both from University of Delhi. He earned Degree of Master’s in Police Management from Osmania University, Diploma in Cyber Security and Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics from Gujarat Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar . He is a Postgraduate in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance from Cranfield University, UK. He conducted a number of experiments in people friendly policing to bridge the divide between police and public. He headed the Security of Asia Pacific’s largest prison i.e. Tihar Prisons, New Delhi. While serving in Narcotics Control Bureau under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as Zonal Director he was instrumental in liquidating a number of National and International drug syndicates and developed his skills in cyber crime investigation. He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow, UK; a Commonwealth Scholar in Internet Law & Policy a t University of Strathclyde, UK; an Associate of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi and a Life Member of United Services Institution of India, New Delhi; Indian Society of Criminology, India and Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He is member, Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, a peer reviewed journal. He has published research papers in reputed peer reviewed Journals.

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