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Journalist's father found dead in apartment in Mayur Vihar

News Agencies | Updated on: 21 July 2016, 9:55 IST

Journalist Ambily Vijaykumar found her father lying in a pool of blood at his house in east Delhi's Mayur Vihar area on 21 July.

Ambily, who works with Rajya Sabha TV, and her architect husband live with their two children in a separate building in the same housing complex.

"I regularly called him on his mobile phone to check on him in the afternoon and he'd pick up my call instantly. But today the phone went unanswered. I then drove to his home and found the grilled door left ajar. I felt something suspect. I kept calling out for dad, but got no response," she said.

"Moments later, I found the bedroom door half-open. I was feeling more and more suspect that something was amiss. The light was switched off in the room. Then I found the wall stand for the TV lying on the sofa. So, I checked up for the TV, and found it missing.

"Then I saw a mattress lying on the floor and couldn't see anything more as the light wasn't switched on. It was then that I pulled over the mattress, and there I found my dad dead, lying naked in a pool of blood," the 37-year-old told PTI.

"We lived in different blocks but spent afternoons together regularly. My two boys, aged, 10 and 6, also came down and we used to have lunch together. I haven't told my children about it yet,"Ambily said.

Vijaykumar PB, who retired from the Central Government Health Services (CGHS) in 2011, hailed from Kerala and had moved to Delhi in 1994, the family said. His wife works with the Income Tax Department.

He was found murdered, with multiple stabbed injuries, at his house, located on the third floor of a building in the Samachar Apartments, home to many journalists, police said.

"We had moved into Samachar Apartments in 2012 and my father moved this March. My father was to celebrate his 65th birthday on 22 July," she said.

The incident came to light around 1.45 pm when Ambily came to check on him and later the neighbours called police."The body has been sent for postmortem. My brother is also a journalist. He lives in Dubai. So, we are waiting for family members to gather for the last rites," she said.


First published: 21 July 2016, 9:55 IST