The Gurgaon police claimed to have identified the killers of Rakesh Yadav, sarpanch of Hyatpur village. The 32-year-old sarpanch, who was shot dead, had a feud with another person in the village over water and the latter allegedly hired two contract killers to eliminate him.
On Thursday, angry over the murder of their sarpanch, a mob had burnt alive one of the assailants.
"We have identified the culprits involved in the murder. They were living in nearby villages and did a reconnaissance before executing the murder. We will arrest them soon," said SS Deswal, Gurgaon police commissioner.
He said family members of the slain assailant is coming from his hometown to identify his body on Sunday. On Saturday, a post-mortem examination of his body was conducted, Deswal added.
Meanwhile, efforts are also on to probe the suspicious role of assistant commissioner of police, Sumer Singh, in the case. Singh was transferred from Gurgaon to Rohtak district on Thursday night, hours after Yadav was shot dead by two assailants.
The Haryana government had ordered a judicial probe into the case on Friday.
The judicial probe was ordered after a panchayat meeting on Friday. Many of them alleged the role of Congress MLA Rao Dharampal in the killing.
On Thursday, the situation went out of hand when an unruly mob of villagers caught hold of one of the attackers and beat him with sticks and bricks, before pouring petrol and torching the 27-year-old alive. His bike was also set on fire.
When the police tried to intervene, the villagers started pelting stones, and the police had to lathicharge the crowd.