Mohali: Senior journalist KJ Singh and his 92-year-old mother were found dead in their Mohali residence on Saturday. Police suspect the case of a double murder.
Police sources said Singh was found with his throat slit, while his mother, Gurcharan Kaur, is believed to have been strangulated. His Ford Ikon car is also missing, they said.
“There were injury marks on their necks,” Mohali deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Alam Vijay Singh said, HT reported.
KJ Singh was a well-known journalist in Chandigarh, serving as News Editor at The Indian Express. He had also worked at senior positions at The Times of India and The Tribune in Chandigarh.
The cold-blooded murder could be highlighted at 1 pm when a visitor went inside the house after getting no response at the gate.
Singh is the third journalist to be killed in India within days of the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a Kannada journalist, and Shantanu Bhowmik, who was killed in Tripura earlier this week.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and former deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhbir Badal tweeted his condolences:
I condemn ghastly murder of senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother at Mohali. Urge police to nab perpetrators imm.
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) September 23, 2017
Police investigation is underway at his residence in Phase 3, B2 in Mohali.
“The SIT has been constituted on the directions from Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh,” a senior police officer said.