Four employees of a local bar killed the 44-year-old journalist, who allegedly harassed and made demands for money, in Mira Road on Friday, the police said.
The deceased journalist, Raghvendra Dubey, was found in a pool of blood, with multiple stab wounds and injuries to his private parts, less than 1.5 kms away from the Mira Road police station, around 5.30 am on Friday.
Dubey, who went out drinking late Thursday night, hours before he was killed, was called to the police station to assist officers trace a colleague after the latter was assaulted by staffers of a bar that the police had raided.
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Dubey’s colleagues and injured journalists Santosh Mishra (45) and Shashi Sharma (49) went to the White House bar in Naya Nagar, Mira Road, where a police raid was underway at around 1.30 am on Friday.
“60 people had gathered outside the police station after the raid and Dubey met some staffers who belonged to a bar called Love Birds.
Dubey was at the police station from 2 am and left in an auto-rickshaw with two of those staffers to eat,” said a police officer.
Officers said that four staffers from Love Birds followed Dubey’s rickshaw, armed with chilli powder, an iron rod, a knife and a stick.
“Close to S K Stone, a building on the Mira-Bhayander Road, Dubey’s rickshaw was stopped and one of the accused first blew chilli powder into Dubey’s eyes, blinding him and forcing him out of the rickshaw. Dubey was in an inebriated state and was not able to defend himself. He was attacked by the other three and stabbed 10 times, hit on his head and injured in his private parts,” said the officer. The police said that two of the accused were nabbed from Malad and Bhayander respectively, on Friday afternoon. The other two accused are still at large.
“The arrested accused in their statement claimed that the four hatched the plan to kill Dubey when they saw him at the police station on Friday morning. They decided to seize the opportunity after the raid on their business rivals at the White House bar,” a police officer said.