A 60-year-old farmer was killed with an axe over an election-related dispute in Bhopal on Tuesday night, the police said on Wednesday.
A case has been registered at Nazirabad police station over the alleged murder of Mangi Lal.
His family members found Lal in a pool of blood on Wednesday morning at his farm in village Bhamaura on the outskirts of the city.
Lal had decided to sleep in the field on Tuesday to keep a watch on his crops, according to the family. On Wednesday, he was found dead, the police said.
Police sources, however, said the sexagenarian farmer had a tiff with another villager over the recently concluded Panchyat election who had threatened to kill him. Coincidentally, that villager has been missing Wednesday morning, the sources added.
Nazirabad police station in charge Gaurav Bundela said injury marks were found on Lal suggested that he was axed.
"The family members have raised suspicion on the person, who is missing since morning. Police teams have been fanned out in the area to nab that person," said Bundela.