Indian police charge 12 in journalist's murder

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Posted: Dec 03, 2011 7:33 AM
Indian police charge 12 in journalist's murder

Indian police have charged 12 people, including a fugitive reputed gangster, in the murder of a Mumbai crime reporter nearly six months ago.

Jyotirmoy Dey was working as investigations editor for MiD Day newspaper when he was gunned down in daylight by motorcycle-riding assailants on June 11 in a Mumbai suburb.

Police believe that reputed gang leader and fugitive Chhota Rajan ordered the hit in retaliation for several negative stories, and that he allegedly paid the attackers 500,000 rupees, or about $11,000 according to the exchange rate at the time.

The indictment filed Saturday in a Maharashtra state court names Rajan along with 11 other people, including the alleged gunmen and those suspected of providing cash, cellphone SIM cards and the revolver used in the killing.