Friends and relatives of Pankaj Trivedi, who was clubbed to death in Ahmedabad, claimed on Sunday that his tussle with a prominent socio-religious group could have been the cause of his murder.
The body of the 52-year-old NRI, allegedly killed by four persons outside the Ellisbridge gymkhana three days ago, was cremated on Sunday with a large number of people attending the funeral.
Several of Trivedi's friends and relatives said he was a peace-loving man and claimed his tussle with the socio- religious organisation Swadhyay Parivar could have the cause of his murder.
"It was known to all that he was against the functioning of the Swadhyay Parivar under its present leadership. Though he was associated with the organisation since its inception, he parted ways with it some years ago and had initiated legal action against them. There is a suspicion that they could be behind his murder," Sandeepbhai Patel, a friend of Trivedi, told reporters at the funeral.
Bharat Raval, a representative of the Parivar, however, told reporters, "The Parivar is deeply grieved over Trivedi's death and none of its members had anything to do with his murder."
Trivedi shifted to the US a few years ago and was in the city for the past 20 days in connection with a court matter.