Senior journalist KJ Singh and his 92-year-old mother Gurcharan Kaur were found murdered at their residence in Phase 3B2 of Mohali on Saturday. According to police, the throats were slit and there were injury marks on the bodies of both mother and son. “There was injury marks on their necks,” Mohali Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alam Vijay Singh told PTI.

The incident was reported at around 1 pm when a visitor entered the house after he did not get any response. Singh, who was in his sixties, was formerly associated with the Indian Express, The Tribune and The Times of India in Chandigarh. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has expresssed grief over the killing of Singh and has directed the police to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the double murder.

Talking about the unfortunate incident, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal said. “Just heard senior journalist KJ Singh has been murdered along with his mother.Condemn this killing and urge authorities to nab culprits immediately. I condemn ghastly murder of senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother at Mohali. Urge police to nab perpetrators.”

This is the third journalist to be killed after Gauri Lankesh and Shantanu Bhowmik, although the crimes are unrelated. While Shantanu, a TV reporter, was beaten to death by a tribal party for covering violent clashes in western Tripura, 55-year-old Gauri Lankesh, a journalist-turned activist was shot dead by unknown assailants outside her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on September 5 this month.

A group of editors, writers and media professionals from South Asia, the United Kingdom and Australia have joined together to demand swift action in the incidents. Meanwhile, United Nations culture body Unesco has also condemned the killings of journalists and has called for a probe into the murders.