Jabalpur, Feb 20: A local journalist Chandrika Ray, his wife, son and daughter were brutally murdered on Sunday in Umaria near Jabalpur.
One of Chandrika Rai's friends went to his home, after he found that he was not taking phone calls any more. The door was broke open and they found the blood-stained body of Chandrika Rai lying under a pile of newspapers inside his office-cum-residence.
The journalist's wife Durga, his son Jalaj and daughter Nisha were also found murdered in the other room.
It appeared that the assassins had stabbed and beaten all the four to death in a brutal manner.
Chandrika Rai's wife was the District Panchayat member in Karkeli.
SP Manohar Jhamre said police are also probing the angles of old enmity and/or land dispute.
News stories sent by Chandrika Rai are also being checked to find out the motive behind the murders.
Director General of Police S K Rout also visited the scene of crime and promised to bring the killers to book.
The Madhya Pradesh government t has announced an STF-level probe into the murders.
Madhya Pradesh Police's Special Task Force (STF) will probe the gruesome murder of Chandrika Rai and his family members, DGP S K Raut said after visiting the town on Sunday.
Chandrika Rai (42), wife Durga Rai (40), son Jalaj (19) and daughter Nisha (14) were found lying in pools of blood in different rooms of the family's house last evening.
Rai worked as a freelancer for dailies Navbharat and Hitavada, while his wife was a member of local Janpad.
According to police, the house was locked from outside the whole day yesterday. Finding something amiss, Rai's brother went to the house and broke the lock to find the horrific scene inside.
Even as police are ascertaining the motive behind the incident they suspect that the murder could have been an insider's job and was committed on the night of February 17.
The victims appeared to have been hit on the head by a heavy iron object.
The incident sent shockwaves among citizens who observed a bandh.
The journalist fraternity protesting against the incident did not allow police to take away the bodies for cremation.
However, the DGP assured the scribes that the culprits will be nabbed soon following which they let the bodies shifted for the last rights.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh to the kin of Rai's family.
Meanwhile, condemning the murder, the opposition leader Ajay Singh said the scribe was actively writing against illegal mining being carried out in the area.
Demanding immediate arrest of perpetrators, Ajay alleged that law and order situation has totally collapsed in the state.
The state president of Working Journalist Union Shalabh Bhadoria condemned the murders and sought a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for Rai's kin.