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IM responsible for J Dey's murder, Yemen caller tells Mumbai Police.

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A week has passed since the murder of senior journalist J. Dey, but the Mumbai Police are yet to achieve a breakthrough in the case. To make matters worse, the name of Indian Mujahideen (IM) has cropped up in the case. On Saturday, the Mumbai Police control room received a call saying Dey was murdered by men belonging to the IM. Police officials said the call came from Yemen.

The police said the call came at around 5.30 in the evening. The man who called up said Dey was allegedly killed by one Mohammed Rafi. He claimed Rafi worked for the IM and the shooters were hired from places as far as Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Each man received Rs 4 lakh for the murder, the caller said. Police officers are now trying to trace the call to verify if it was genuine or a hoax.

The 56-year-old editor (special investigations) with Mid-Day was shot dead by four assailants in suburban Powai on June 11. In another development, the police are trying to find out why the journalist took around 45 minutes to reach his place after leaving his mother's home in Ghatkopar.

Police officers said Dey should have taken a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes to reach home and are probing whether the journalist met anyone in between. The police also said they have questioned 150 people so far in connection with Dey's murder. They claimed that Mateen Iqbal Hatela, one of those detained, had misled the police by confessing to the crime. However, he could not provide the details such as the spot where Dey was shot and whether he was walking or was on his motorcycle.
 
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