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Editors’ Mother Murdered

By The Verdict

10 September, 2010

Mumbai: Mother of senior journalist and editor (entertainment) The Verdict weekly tabloid Jyothi Venkatesh’s mother Sita Narayan (79) was found with her throat slit in her ground-floor house at Dadar on Thursday (September 09, 2010). Her gold mangalsutra, ring and four bangles were missing. Her husband Ananta Narayan (90) found her body in the bedroom around 7 pm after he returned home from work. He works for Rajshree Productions and they have two sons – Jyothi Venkatesh lives in the western suburbs of Mumbai - Kandivli - and the younger son Ananthanarayan is an IT professional in Pune about 180 kms from the city.

According to Madhukar Sankhe, Assistant Commissioner of Police the watchman of the three-storey building is on leave for the past two days. “A case of murder and robbery has been registered and investigations are on,” he said. At least four lakh senior citizens live alone in Mumbai and 188 senior citizens have been killed in the past decade. In 2009, more than 30 senior citizens were victims of murders and robberies.

However, while Mumbai police claims they are equipped to fight against any terror or criminal activities in the metropolis, which is the entertainment and financial capital of Mumbai, the common man feels they are not safe at all. A dog squad which was in the vicinity for about an hour could not make any breakthrough.

We the working and non-working journalists in the city convey our condolences to the family. The Independent Media of India, publishers’ of the weekly tabloid The Verdict, requested the Mumbai police and the Maharashtra government to look into the safety of the citizens of India, instead of claiming themselves par with the Scotlandyard police.

Publisher, Editor and Staff Members of The Independent Media of India.

THE VERDICT - of the reader for the reader - English Weekly