Mumbai, Nov 25: A senior woman journalist was today arrested for her alleged role in the sensational killing of crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey in June, police said.
“Jigna Vora, deputy bureau chief of English daily Asian Age, has been arrested today as she played a role in the conspiracy hatched to murder J Dey,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told PTI.
Vora, who was questioned by the crime branch in connection with the case several times, will be produced before a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court later in the day.
Sources said Vora was suspected to have provided the licence plate number of Dey's motorcycle to fugitive underworld don Chhota Rajan, who allegedly got the journalist killed for putting out stories against him.
Ten persons including Rohee Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalya and his associates Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia, all members of the Rajan gang, have so far been arrested in connection with the case.
Dey was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11 by assailants who followed him on motorcycles.
Hussain Zaidi, Editor of Asian Age in Mumbai, said Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle fully stand behind Vohra, who is a “woman of impeccable integrity” and her innocence will be proved.
“We have full faith in her honesty and we believe she has done no wrong. The truth will definitely come out in the court. We believe in the Indian judiciary and we believe in Jigna Vohra as well,” he said.
“I know her for the last seven years. She would do no wrong. So what I feel is some case which has nothing to stand on has been put against her. Truth will soon come out and her innocence will be proved,” he said.