Palakkad (Ker), Jul 26: A 63-year old man, who was sleeping in his house, was hacked to death by a gang of assailants at Kulukkallur in this north Kerala district on early Tuesday, police said.
The deceased was identified as Abbas, a marriage broker by profession hailing from Vandumthara here.
According to police, the murderers said to have arrived in an autorickshaw, knocked on the door and brought him out of the house before hacking him to death with some sharp weapon.
The assailants later fled the scene, they said. Karnataka Shocker: One Killed, Four Injured As Tempo Runs Over Pilgrims Sleeping on Premises of Famous Huligemma Temple in Hulagi District (Watch Video)
Though Abbas was rushed to a nearby government hospital, he succumbed to injuries.
Koppam police here, who are investigating the case, said personal rivalry between the deceased and the attackers was suspected as reason behind the murder.
Some suspects were taken into custody but no arrest was recorded so far, they added.