Mohali, September 23
Veteran journalist KJ Singh and his mother were found murdered at their house in Phase 3B2 here on Saturday. The house was found ransacked.Preliminary reports say Singh’s throat was found slit while his mother Gurcharan Kaur was strangled, suggesting resistance by the victim.The bodies were found lying in a pool of blood when the police were called by the neighbours.
Their maid was the first to notice the murder and sounded the neighbours, who called the police.Singh’s Ford Ikon car, an LCD and other belongings were found missing, but the gold chains of both the victims were found intact.It is suspected that the brutal double murder took place sometime on Friday night after the maid left the place and it was discovered only on Saturday afternoon when she returned to work.Singh was in his late sixties while his mother was over 90.Singh had retired as Chief News Editor of ‘The Tribune’, Chandigarh, after serving on the Chandigarh editions of ‘The Indian Express’ and ‘The Times of India’.
Acting on a directive from Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Police have set up a Special Investigative Team (SIT) under an Inspector General of Police (Crime) to probe the murder.
Taking immediate cognisance of the crime, the Chief Minister called up state DGP Suresh Arora to set up a SIT for a thorough investigation into the case.The IG (Crime), under whom the SIT will function, has been asked to ensure that all leads are probed and the culprits are identified and nabbed at the earliest.According to an official spokesperson, the Chief Minister has also directed the police to beef up security in the area and take steps to ensure the safety and security of the ordinary citizens of the state.