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Indian police still clueless one week after murder of crime journalist in Mumbai

06-20-2011 15:57 BJT

MUMBAI, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Indian police have been trying to piece together the sequence of events, one week since the murder of veteran crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey in broad daylight in Mumbai.

With the media spotlight remaining on the case, Mumbai police are now taking a fresh look at the facts, to try to determine a motive for the crime, said police sources on Monday.

Police will trace the sequence of events with the help of TV footage collected of J. Dey's movements from the time he left his mother's house till he was shot, his cellphone records during that time, his computer files, and eyewitness accounts.

Police have already questioned 150 people in the case, including the family and colleagues, but they have said, that the secrecy with which J. Dey operated, is proving to be a hurdle in determining a motive for the crime.

Maharashtra State Home Minister R.R. Patil said authorities are working on several angles, but have not got many clues yet.

The Bombay High Court has also ordered the police to submit a status report on the probe which suffered a setback last week with a suspect falsely admitting to the murder.

A string of motives are being investigated for the killing from the involvement of the oil mafia, to the sandalwood mafia, and personal enmity. But sources have said, that without a motive, all these are only theories and the lack of hard evidence is leaving the state and the police red-faced and tight-lipped.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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