New Delhi: J Dey's shooters were murderers out on bail and they were among the many underworld hitmen who roam free due to weak prosecution.
Thirty five-year-old Rohit Thangapan Joseph alias Satish Kalya, a hardened criminal and the man who allegedly pumped five bullets into senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey on June 11, was acquitted in three murder cases in 2008 and was out on bail when he was trailing his next target, J Dey.
In fact, his key aide, Anil Waghmode was also acquitted in a murder and several other cases in 2008 and so was another accused, Nilesh Shedge in a pick-pocketing case. Underworld elements, across various gangs getting easy bails due to weak prosecution and lack of watertight evidence, is now coming back to haunt Mumbai.
Here are some more instances:
Bail, Not A Problem
2005: Chhota Rajan gang members Kashi Pashi, Jitendra Tiwari, Feroz Basheer Khan, DK Rao, Usuf Bachkana and Farid Tanasha got bailed out in an extortion case.
In the same year, three more Chhota Rajan aides got bail in a JNPT arms haul case.
2007: Wife of Chhota Rajan, Sujata Nikalje and nine others got bail in an extortion case.
Same year, five of the eight Guru Satam gang members got bail in an extortion case.
Tariq Parveen, a Dawood Ibrahim gang member also got bail in another extortion case that same year.
2008: Dawood Ibrahim's sister, Hasina Parkar and two others got anticipatory bail in an extortion case.
2009: Vijay Ahir, brother of don-turned-politician Arun Gawli got bail in an extortion case
"Such people should not get bail," said Himanshu Roy, Joint CP, Crime, Mumbai.
Experts claim while such cases get detected and the shooters are sent behind bars, lack of foolproof investigation and collection of incontrovertible evidence adversely affects the trial. They even say the law needs to be amended to make it tougher for underworld elements to secure bail.
"Our law is so weak and ready to give bail to such elements," said YC Pawar, Former IPS Officer.
While getting a conviction for the seven accused in the J Dey murder will now be a litmus test for Mumbai Police, perhaps it's time, also for a concrete framework to combat the underworld, which seems to be raising its ugly head once again.