Manoj Kajla, director of Golden Era Public School at Ditupur, was shot dead after being forced to come out of his car on Sunday morning on the Nabha road near Rakhra village.
Kajla was on his way from Patiala to Nabha when his car was intercepted. A bullet each in the chest and stomach killed him on the spot. Superintendent of police (detective) Jaskaranjit Singh Teja led the team that inspected the crime scene and sent the body for autopsy.
The victim's father, Hari Ram Kajla, has blamed his son's business partner for the murder, saying a dispute over a school project at Dhuri was the motive. The SP said a hunt for the killers was on and a case had been registered against unidentified people.
The police will study the victim's telephone call record and the footage from the surveillance camera installed at the toll plaza near Rakhra.
MP, legislators condemn crime
Patiala's member of Parliament (MP) Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and legislators Preneet Kaur (Urban) and Brahm Mohindra (Rural) have condemned the killing of school director Manoj Kajla at Rakhra and accused the state government of being unable to protect the lives of citizens. Conveying their grief to Kajla's family, they have asked the state government to explain the daylight crime.