A senior Punjab journalist KJ Singh and his mother were allegedly murdered by unknown assailants at their house in Mohali on Saturday.
Police believe to be a case of murder and has begun investigation.
Singh was found with his throat slit, while his mother, Gurcharan Kaur, is believed to have been strangulated.
Singh’s Ford Ikon car is also missing, they said.
The murder came to light around 1pm when a visitor went inside the house after getting no response at the gate.
Singh was a former news editor of the Indian Express, The Tribune and The Times of India in Chandigarh.
Though unrelated, 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.
On directive from Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, police set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the double murder.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and former deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhbir Badal tweeted his condolences: