Unidentified attackers murdered two security guards of a cooperative society at Nathuwala Jadeed village on Friday and also stole Rs 1 lakh from a locker before fleeing, police said.
Police said the two cooperative society guards, Darshan Singh, 50, a tea vendor who worked at the society as a part-time guard, and Sukhdev Singh, 55, were found dead by villagers who had come looking after they did not return home.
In another incident, a security guard on duty at the sub-divisional office of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) was also injured as assailants attacked him before stealing Rs 16,000.
The injured guard, also named Darshan Singh, a 57-year-old resident of Doshanj village, was admitted to Dr Mathura Dass Pahwa civil hospital, where his condition is stated to be critical.
SSP Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar said the police had registered a case against unidentified persons and formed a special investigation team to nab the culprits.
Bhullar said dog squad and forensic teams had also been pressed into service and all entry points to the area barricaded.
SHO of the Ajitwal police station Jagtar Singh said the police believed the same group was behind both the attacks.