Two unidentified assailants stabbed an elderly Dera Sacha Sauda follower to death at the dera’s Bhama Kalan village branch, which is about 30km from here, on Wednesday.
The victim, Gurdev Singh, 70, of Panjeta village, was rushed to Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital, Sherpur Chowk, where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.
The police suspect radical Sikh elements behind the murder.
Gurdev, who ran a canteen at the dera, was stabbed thrice by the turbaned men who gained entry faking as customers. After his death on Thursday, a large number of cops were deployed in the area to avoid an untoward situation. Dera followers were holding a prayer meeting when the incident took place.
A case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Koomkalan police station.
Gurcharan Singh of Jugiana, also a dera follower, told the police that he was working in the dera farm when profusely-bleeding Gurdev came to him and told that he had been stabbed.
The assailant duo asked for something in the canteen and when Gurdev turned around, they stabbed him in the back and stomach.
Koomkalan station house officer (SHO) Surjit Singh Nagra said they had launched a manhunt to nab the attackers. Investigations are on.