A day before the death, senior journalist KJ Singh had spotted a suspicious man moving around his house, his brother BP Singh told the investigators.
Singh had informed his elder brother that "between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, he had spotted a person moving around his house. Not only this, the man has also tried to open the gate of his house as well, the police sources said.
KJ Singh, a senior journalist from Punjab, and his 92-year-old mother Gurcharan Kaur were found dead in suspicious circumstances. Their bodies were found at their Mohali house in Phase 3B2 on Saturday.
Singh used to stay with his mother in a one-Kanal corner house, adjacent to a park. Police have also found some footprints along the railing in the park.
KJ Singh had last spoken to BP Singh, who stays in Sector 41, Chandigarh, around 7 pm, said their nephew Preet Inder. The senior journalist had also exchanged some WhatsApp messages with his friends till about 8 pm.
The double murder first came to light at 1 pm on Saturday when KJ Singh’s sister Yashpal Kaur reached his house along with her son Ajay Pal. They were there to give them lunch, said Alam Vijay Singh, deputy superintendent of police (city) Mohali.
The two found blood on the main door that was bolted from outside and the blood trail led to the rooms where the bodies were found.
Punjab Police have set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case. Initial investigations reveal that the attackers left the crime scene in the victim's car.
Still now, the motive behind the murder remains unclear and police have ruled out robbery Police have ruled out robbery as the reason behind the double murder.
Apart from KJ Singh's green ford Ikon car (PB 65 0164), his mother's and his mobile phones and an LCD television are also missing.
The senior journalist, who was freelancing for a Canadian magazine, had a studio with expensive recording equipment in the house. But nothing from the studio, including the laptop, is missing. Singh’s gold chain was also intact.
Police are investigating the case through scanning footage from two closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed a couple of houses away.
According to the police, KJ Singh was stabbed in the stomach and neck. KJ Singh was first stabbed in the stomach near the main door as one of the slippers that he was wearing was found at that place.
KJ Singh's body was found lying on his bed and his mother was found dead with her legs hanging out of the bed.
By observing the crime situation it seemed that Singh had struggled with the attackers as blood was found all over the floor in the room.
“I came around 9 am and rang the bell at the gate, but no one answered, so I returned,” Rekha told police. Rekha came back an hour later, but no one opened the door again.
Police said the victim’s family members, too, had been calling him, but he didn’t return the calls. “The exact time of the death would be known after the postmortem,” said DSP Alam Vijay Singh.
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KJ Singh was single, taking care of his sick mother dedicatedly. Yashpal Kaur, his sister used to stay with them about five months ago. She still brought lunch for them
Her son Ajay Pal said Singh used to cook breakfast and dinner for his mother and even slept in her room to assist her.
KJ Singh used to read a book before going to sleep. But to ensure his mother was not disturbed, he recently purchased a headlight. On Friday, he even received a parcel of an anti-slip mat for his mother.
Ajay Pal said he had talked to his uncle on Friday noon.
“He wanted to eat chhole-bhature and we had bought it for him today,” he said.