Mumbai: Still unable to nab the killers, the Mumbai Police on Monday released a sketch of one of the four killers of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey on the basis of description given by an eye-witness to the shoot-out incident.

The alleged killer, whose sketch was released, is in the age group of 20 to 25 years and of medium built, with a height of 5.5 feet. His complexion is black and was wearing a blue raincoat at the time of the incident, police said.

Dey, who headed the crime bureau in Mid-day, a city tabloid, was shot dead by four unidentified gunmen at Hiranandani complex in suburban Powai on June 11. Police are probing whether underworld had a hand in the firing.

Journalists protest against Dey's murder

Condemning the brutal murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, media persons on Monday took out a procession here and also demanded CBI probe into the incident.

Journalists, belonging to both print and electronic media organisations and associations, gathered at Patrakar Sangh in south Mumbai and marched toward Mantralaya.

Assuring the agitating scribes, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said "The state government is sensitive to feelings of journalists and is doing whatever it can to bring the assailants to book," adding he was personally monitoring the investigations.

56-year-old Dey was working as an investigative editor with Mid-Day, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mumbai on Saturday.

Demanding a CBI enquiry into the killing, media persons also sought resignation of Home Minister R R Patil and Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik.

Organisations, including the Press Club, Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Mantralaya Ani Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh, Mumbai Crime Reporters' Association and TV Journalists' Association, participated in the protest.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) met the chief minister at his official residence and appealed him to take urgent and appropriate steps to Scribes body seeks immediate arrest of J Dey's killers

Journalists demand immediate arrest of culprits

Meanwhile, Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees' Organisation demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and urged the union and the state governments to ensure safety of scribes.

"No civilised society can accept this kind of attack on the freedom of press...We expect the Maharashtra government to immediately arrest the culprits and ensure protection to scribes so that the press can work in free environment," CNNAEO general secretary M S Yadav said in a statement here.

Yadav urged the governments at the centre as well the states to ensure safety of the media persons to help them discharge their crucial responsibility of exposing ills prevailing in the society.

He expressed deep sympathy to the family of the slain journalist.

Ensure protection of media persons: Commission     

Meanwhile, a media rights group has drawn a parallel between murders of Pakistani scribe Saleem Shahzad and senior Mumbai journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, saying both were targeted for their zeal to expose powerful elements.

The South Asia Media Commission India asked the Maharashtra government to throw the entire might of the state administration behind the probe into the killing of Dey.

The Editor (Special Investigation) of English 'Mid-Day', who has extensively reported on oil mafia and Mumbai underworld, was gunned down by four motorbike-borne men in suburban Powai on Saturday.

The commission, which works under the auspices of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA), demanded a thorough inquiry into the murder by the best of investigating agencies to nab the perpetrators and a fast-track trial process to bring them to book.

"The sentiments of sympathy for the slain journalist, expressed by leaders of the government and political establishment, need to be translated into concrete steps to ensure protection to media persons, especially those engaged in writing on the activities of mafias and gangs," K K Katyal, president of the commission, said.

Nagpur scribes demand Patil’s resignation

Scribes from Nagpur also condemned the murder of senior scribe Jyotirmoy Dey, and demanded resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil and transfer of Mumbai police commissioner Arup Parnaik.

In an emergency meeting held here, the Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ) and Tilak Patrakar Bhawan Trust demanded immediate resignation of Patil and transfer of Patnaik over the incident, a release said on Monday.

The organisations have also appealed the state government to initiate immediate steps to prevent such incidents fromhappening again.

(Agencies)