A TEAM of at least 25 police personnel that scanned a 40-hour-long footage has finally zeroed in on four suspects who travelled in a white Mahindra Scorpio and believed to have done a recce of journalist K J Singh’s residence. K J and his mother Gurcharan Kaur were found murdered on September 23. Out of the four suspects, identified by the police by scanning the CCTV footage collected from a large number of cameras installed at various private and commercial locations in about 1-km radius of K J’s house, the police have managed to retrieve a clear image of one of the suspects.
Among the four suspects, the turbaned man’s face is clearly visible in the CCTV footage. Sources said that a team of 19 police personnel and six technical experts of Cyber Cell were put on the job to scan the CCTV footage collected from various places.
“The footage collected by us in bits and parts totalled around 40 hours. Thousands of people were seen moving in the footage. After minutely scanning the movement of each and every person visible in the footage, we have finally zeroed in on four persons. Their movement appeared suspicious and it was captured by multiple CCTVs. One of the suspects was found filming on his mobile phone the street that led to K J’s house. Three out of the four suspects were even captured by another camera at Phase-3B2 market while they were eating some snacks. Same set of people was also spotted near K J’s house. We are in the process of identifying these. We have got some vital leads in the case,” a senior Mohali police officer said.
The three out of four suspects were also seen roaming around K J’s house on three consecutive days — September 20, 21 and 22. The bodies of K J and Gurcharan were discovered on September 23.
Police sources said that they were trying to trace the white Mahindra Scorpio in which the suspects were last seen. “The footage that we have scanned so far does not clearly reveal the vehicle’s registration number. But we are trying to find it out from other sources,” one of the investigating police officers told Chandigarh Newsline.