A 60-year-old granthi was allegedly murdered by four unidentified men on the outskirts of Chandu Nangal village on Thursday evening.
However, the police claimed that according to their preliminary investigation, the granthi, Amar Singh, died probably of a heart attack.
Talking to mediapersons here at the Dera Baba Nanak civil hospital, Joginder Pal Singh, a village resident, said the victim, who hailed from Bharatpur (Rajasthan), was living as a tenant in his house for the past year and working as a granthi in the village gurdwara.
He added that around 5pm, neighbours informed him that four men were beating up Amar Singh on the roadside. Joginder rushed to the spot and found him lying unconscious. The victim was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries before he could reveal the names of his assailants.
A police team led by DSP Harpal Singh reached the civil hospital and registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC.
Talking to HT, the DSP said they had not found any injury mark on the body. Prima facie, the granthi might have died due to a heart attack, he added.