Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday visited the residence of HT principal correspondent Jasdeep Singh Malhotra, who had died in a road mishap near Mukerian on Sunday.
Accompanied by information and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Sukhbir met Malhotra's widow Kulwinder Kaur and handed over a cheque for Rs. 5 lakh on behalf of the Punjab government under the accident insurance scheme of the public relations department.
The deputy CM also met Malhotra's son Harnoor (8) and daughter Jassica (6), besides his brother and other relatives present in the house.
Assuring to look into the family's demands, including near posting of wife of Jasdeepon a suitable job, Sukhbir said the state government would do its best within the rules to help the family.
Majithia handed over a cheque for Rs. 2 lakh on behalf of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD).
Meanwhile, tributes were paid to Malhotra during a condolence meeting at the Punjab Press Club here on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, Majithia recalled his association with Malhotra, who passionately pursued stories of public interest.
He said Malhotra loved to grill politicians, while calling upon younger journalists to carry forward the reporter's socially relevant journalism.
On the demand for an impartial probe into the mishap, Majithia said he would direct the state police to conduct a joint investigation with the Himachal Pradesh Police as the accident took place at a spot under the latter's jurisdiction.
Prominent among others who paid tributes to Malhotra were Major Singh, Punjab Press Club president, chief parliamentary secretary Pawan Kumar Tinu, district SAD president Gurcharan Singh Channi and South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) representative Satnam Singh Manak.
CBI probe sought
Nakodar: The Press Club, Nakodar, on Thursday demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of Jasdeep Singh Malhotra. Club members submitted a memorandum, addressed to the CBI director, to Nakodar subdivisional magistrate (SDM) HS Dhaliwal. They said Malhotra was killed under a conspiracy by the sand mafia as the accident took place hours after his report on extortion in mining appeared in HT.